Secretary Desk Makeover

I don’t often buy furniture at thrift stores anymore.  They are often overpriced, and the quality is meh.  Once in a while I get lucky and fin a good quality piece that has not sold (overpriced) and the price has dropped dramatically.  I found this very country style secretary for a song.  I was so excited for this Secretary Desk Makeover. 

Secretary in Nantucket Spray collage redouxinteriors

This Secretary was definitely was singing a sad Country ballad. Country is not my thang.  I removed the faux desk supports from the front and the wavy scrolly thing on top.  Then I painted the entire piece in a base coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut.

I let this dry overnight so I could do some serious distressing and not worry about going past the brown.  I painted the entire outside in CeCe’s Nantucket Spray.  I used both a 320 grit sandpaper and a wet rag to distress and let that gorgeous Virginia Chestnut show through.

I used CeCe Caldwell’s Minnesota Lady Slipper Pink for the interior and the drawers.  I love this color comboThe drawers went pink as well.

I used mismatched knobs that purchase at 50% off Hobby Lobby. I love that store!!!

What a difference! We went from Sad old style country to updated chic, in style Country!  No twang included.  Now this Secretary Desk has a completely new look.

Secretary in Nantucket Spray Redouxinteriors

Sharing my Secretary desk makeover with these lovely parties



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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas

    What a big difference a makeover can do.

  2. Delia

    I don’t think that kind of country is anybody’s thang! So much better!

  3. Susan

    It is gorgeous! I can see why that piece didn’t sell at the thrift store–the before is hideous. You made it into a show stopper.

  4. Diana

    This is so pretty with the pink interior, what a good idea.

  5. Jayne

    What a amazing transformation! I’ve never seen a desk like that before and probably would have passed it by, so glad you didn’t 🙂

  6. Mary @ Orphans With MakeUp

    Karen – Great makeover. Removing the scrolly thing just brought it to a new level. Love the new look.

  7. gwen

    The transformation is wonderful!

  8. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Oh how pretty now! The country style really wasn’t doing anything for her. Love the pink drawers and the hardware too!

  9. Bliss

    My husbands secretary needs a makeover too. Her wood is a bit dingy and cheeks are not in the pink. She is still pretty sturdy, too sturdy in fact her girth has doubled since he first brought her home. I won’t even mention the size of her drawers.

  10. Denise... On a Whim

    Boy, I really like this desk Karen! I love the colors you chose. Definitely pinning this one!

  11. Karen Hockman

    I might have actually passed her up with the “Country Twag”. Great transformation. What is happening to Thrift stores around the country, the prices are much higher than ever before. I guess they think they’re Ebay.


  12. Suzan

    There is so much furniture here in Montreal like that for sell – ( we call it French Canadiana ) and I always pass it up )
    Should think twice – this turned out gorgeous !

  13. Catherine

    What a beauty! It’ll be gone before you blink!

  14. Francine

    Great job and quite a transformation! Love the pink color!

  15. Robin

    You have a wonderful gift to be able to see how making a few changes can transform this piece completely. It’s inspirational!

  16. Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

    Hi Karen! I love this secretary and am going to feature it on my blog tomorrow morning for my ‘weekly wonders’ post. Thank you for sharing! ~Lisa

  17. angela

    This looks so much better! Like crazy amounts better. And I totally agree w/ you on thrift store pricing lately…Insane.

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  18. Debra@CommonGround

    what? you don’t love a good ol country twang? te he, me neither… LOVE your makeover and the oh so cute different knobs!

    • GTC

      Thank you Debra! I have to say, Country in general is not my thang. But I am going to Nashville next week for a business related event. Go figure! I have actually always wanted to visit, but I might have to dig deep for love of country music 🙂

  19. Kendra Frazier

    Oh wow! I happen to have one of those in my garage! Mine is built like your made-over rendition….with no twang! lol. Seems I remember priming mine with grey primer and never touching it again! Haha! Yours is truly inspiration! Thank you for reminding me that it really can be cute! Love the pink inside, btw!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Kendra! I love adding the “pop” of color inside things!

  20. Cassie

    I love this! The finish on the outside is just beautiful.

  21. Kendra Frazier

    I have been saving a pic of this on my computer for quite some time for inspiration. I’ve had a secretary desk in my garage for 2 years and finally decided to revamp it. Thanks to the inspiration of your piece mine turned out great. It’s white with a pop of turquoise inside and on the sides of the drawers. I took it a bit further and painted some numbers and a scripture on the front of it! 😉 OH I wish you could see it!!! Will you please go take a look at it? I would be honored. Thank you for sharing this one! The one I did is on my facebook posted a few days ago. !!

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