Creations, Chalk Paint Secretary with Silver Leaf Trim

painted secretary

Ta Da! After over a year of pondering, I finally got out my paint brush and painted the secretary in the family room…

My daughter and I painted a dresser for CC’s room, which gave me courage and confidence.  The dresser orginally matched the nightstand below


A couple of coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, French Linen, and Old White on the drawer fronts and Voila!

chalk paint dresser

We changed out the knobs, and chose crystal to match the lamp, and make it girly~

crystal knobs

and it matched the shelf already in the room perfectly

gray and white nursery

HH was skeptical when we started, you know, “Why would you want to paint a perfectly good piece of furniture?”  he asked


Here we go


He’s still skeptical at this point, but doesn’t hate it

painted hardware

I used “Graphite” on the main body, and “Old White” on the hardware.  I first painted the hardware Graphite, then when that dried I went back with a fairly dry small brush and lightly painted the Old White on over it.  This gave a distressed look in one step


I added dots on each side of the handles and then all around the middle desk top key.  Dots are made by dipping the end of a small paint brush in paint and then carefully dotting in a firm, straight up and down motion


At this point I lived with it a few days, thinking about what to do next.   I decided to paint the back of the interior cabinet Old White

gray and white secretary

It’s still wet when I shot these photos, but I could tell it really brightened up the dark corner of this room


Then I debated on painting a pattern in lighter Paris Grey on the back wall…

pattern on interior?

I did a quick paint “sketch” on paper to try it out

gray and white family room

There is a lot of pattern going on it the room already, so I decided against that for now and used a silver leaf paint pen to highlight some of the ridges

silver leaf detail

By pressing firmly into the ridge I was able to paint straight lines

painted secretary 1

I know it will be fun to change the accessories seasonally

chalk paint secretary

I have it styled in neutrals right now

neutral syling

so it doesn’t compete with Valentine’s Day

painted secretary

and Mardi Gras in the adjacent foyer

Fat Tuesday

I am really happy with the result, and HH loves it now~

gray and white decor

I’m still debating on the back wall of the cabinet though…

chalk paint secretary

What do you think?

Juicy Details

You can read more about Annie Sloan chalk paint here.   There are tons of tutorials on blogs and on YouTube full of great tips

You can paint it directly on to anything without stripping or sanding first.  It dries quickly, and doesn’t smell.  You might think it’s expensive but a little goes a long way.  I used a little over 1/2 of a quart to paint this large piece.  Soft wax is applied after painting to finish the piece and add a soft patina to the paint.  The wax is pricey too, but again, a little goes a long way and it’s wonderful stuff~

I used Annie Sloan “Graphite” and  “Old White” and finished it with clear wax

I used a Krylon silver leafing  pen from here

The crystal knobs on CC’s dresser came from Lowe’s


I will be sharing with the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and:

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25 Responses to “Creations, Chalk Paint Secretary with Silver Leaf Trim”
  1. Mary says:

    You gave your secretary a beautiful makeover Jenna! I love the interior lightened up to showcase your accessories! CC’s dresser is adorable too, I love the contrasting drawers and glass pulls ♥. I was amazed at how quickly ASCP dried and how easy it was to work with it when I used it to paint my grandmother’s chest for my Potting Shed. You just need some muscles to get your waxing on🙂


  2. Liz Mackie says:

    Both look lovely.


  3. amnellis1 says:

    OH I’m drooling over that dresser. The gray, the old white…just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Candy S says:

    Great make-overs. I especially like the secretary, the silver accent color makes the design of the secretary pop.


  5. What I think is that I love the transformation! Beautiful.


  6. The secretary looks fantastic in Graphite, and plays so nicely with the charcoal print in your chairs. Great little details around the drawer pulls, too, and the silver trim is the icing on the cake. Go ahead and deck out the backboard — you could do it on a piece of foam board cut to fit, and then it would be removeable.


  7. Christine says:

    wow Jenna, both pieces are awesome…I love the colors in CC’s room….oh my goodness…the beautiful greyish wall paint with the little pink accents…GORGEOUS…..I love Annie Sloan chalk paint and I have a large armoire in the playroom that I have been meaning to paint the same color than yours….Is the secretary also Annie Sloan paint???? Christine from Little Brag Hopping By….LOL….AND YES BUGSY is like a little dog these days….


  8. “Why would you want to paint a perfectly good piece of furniture?” MEN and their silly talk!!! Will they ever quit??!?!?! I think both pieces turned out great! I wish I had the confidence to pull out that paint brush and go to town on several pieces of furniture in our house! Our dining room table and buffet would be the first victims…er, uh…pieces to be painted, followed by an armoire in the master bedroom.


  9. Lynn says:

    I think it turned out great-enjoy:@)


  10. Kim says:

    CC’s dresser is beautiful! The new knobs are perfect. I love the new secretary…those dots are such a nice addition. The silver-leaf detail is really nice, too. I like the lighter color inside, and it’s a nice, clean slate for whatever you display inside. Whatever you decide, I know it’ll look great – because it already does. Can’t wait to see how you change the displays through the seasons!


  11. Oh my, your secretary is beautiful. I have just discovered chalk paint and can’t wait to start a big project. Paris Grey is one of my favorite colors. Thanks for the inspiration.


  12. Marigene says:

    Jenna, that secretary came out gorgeous! I have been waffling over whether to use chalk paint or regular paint for a couple hutches. Do you have any preferences? Pro/cons? How much paint did you use on the secretary? I am unsure if I want to lightly distress or not.
    Enjoy the rest of the week!


    • I am a huge fan of chalk paint Marigene, it’s so easy to use, no smell. The waxing part is easy too, but it does have a little odor. I used 1/2 quart to paint the secretary with 2 coats, and about the same amount for the dresser. I would go ahead and paint it and then decide if you want to distress. You can always do a little and if you don’t like it, paint over again. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!


  13. Brenda Young says:

    Sweet makeover, I love the choice of color on the interior, makes a great blank slate for changing out the decor. I adore the dots detail….. so funny I did the same thing on my pieces I debuted this week!


  14. I am in love with the dresser!! Actually both pieces turned out just beautiful!! Yeah for Annie Sloan paint..I love this paint! So so nice!! I will be highlighting you on Centerpiece Wednesday tomorrow!!


  15. rcsc49 says:

    I love both your dresser and secretary. Both make such beautiful statement pieces now. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


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