Secretary~Dresser~Patterns~Oh My!

By Kristen, Owner/Creative Designer at thatFLIPPINFURNITUREgirl in Portage, IN.

This piece has rapidly made its way to one of my all time favorite transformations! And it's a keeper, so yay!

It was sanded bare to remove 3, sometimes 4, layers of paint.  A base coat of General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain was applied with a foam brush to the top, body and secretary sections.  Then two coats of Lamp Black milk paint by GF were hand painted over all exterior surfaces. A light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper between coats allows for a smooth, butter like finish.  (And no brush strokes!) The body was slightly distressed to allow the stain to peek through.

The drawers were given a base coat of GF Antique White milk paint.  I used scalloped edge Frog Tape to lay out my pattern.  One layer of Lamp Black was painted on and the tape immediately removed.  A good sanding of the drawers was done to give a slightly aged look.  

The final step was sealing this beauty up with two coats of HPTC in Satin by General Finishes. 

I was undecided on hardware until the end of this project.  I stumbled across these vintage copper pulls inside another piece I recently acquired from an estate sale.  I knew they were the "ones" the second I laid eyes on them!

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is when a piece just evolves as I work on it.  That's exactly what happened with this one, and probably why I love it so much!

Project Category

Professionals Upcycled Furniture

Products Used

General Finishes Lamp Black milk paint
General Finishes Antique White milk paint
General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain
General Finishes HPTC in Satin

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