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{Furniture Hack} 4-drawer dresser to faux secretary | The Interior Frugalista

October 11, 2013

{Furniture Hack} 4-drawer dresser to faux secretary

This 4 drawer dresser was purchased by my parent's in 1958. When we inherited it several years ago for my daughter's room we removed two of the drawers and added a pull-out table. We also gave it a coat of white pickle stain and added some IKEA knobs that we spray painted black. It was functional to house her computer tower and monitor while using the pull-out for her keyboard or a work surface for homework.

For the last couple of years it's been (shhhhhhhh) used to store paint in the Workshop. Until recently when I decided it would be perfect in our guest bedroom.

4-drawer dresser now faux secretary desk open

4-drawer dresser now faux secretary desk closed

Here is what it looked like before...

Unfortunately I never took a picture of what it originally looked like (pre-blogging days).

It is a well built dresser and needed to be honored as one and not stuck in the basement workshop housing paint cans!

We added some feet to dress it up a bit. These were inexpensive stock feet at Home Depot.

And here they are painted and distressed.
Painted and distressed feet on faux secretary desk

I painted the dresser/faux secretary with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Old White and Duck Egg Blue.  I protected the finish with a couple coats of clear wax and gave it an antiqued appearance with dark wax. I didn't distress this piece because the bottom coat was white so there wouldn't be any contrast.
Martha Stewart Bead Board Paintable Wallpaper back on faux secretary desk
I added Martha Stewart beadboard paintable wallpaper to the back and painted it with the Duck Egg Blue.

I gave it some French goodness with fleur-de-lis stencils.
Stenciled Fleur-di-Lis on faux secretary desk drawers

It was begging for a pretty glass knob.
Close up of glass knob on faux secretary desk

I lined the drawers with some pretty wallpaper that I scored in a clearance bin at Home Depot.  I debated whether to paint the inner sides of the drawers but decided against it because the wood is in such great condition and solid (don't see that much these days).
Wallpaper lined drawers on faux secretary desk

I knew I had to have a French graphic on the top of the dresser and because it was going in a guest room, I found the perfect graphic at +The Graphics Fairy LLC (she never disappoints).  I transferred the graphic using my infamous carbon paper and pen method and painted in the details using watered down Graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.
French Graphic transfer on the top of faux secretary desk

It should look stunning in our redesigned guest bedroom (more about that in an upcoming post).
4-drawer dresser turned into a faux secretary desk

I had a gold colored mirror in storage that I decided to dust off and give a coat of Old White Chalk Paint. Then I went though my scrap booking supplies and found the perfect paper and ephemera to make pretty framed art for the dresser/secretary to welcome our guests.

Next up on the workbench to accompany the faux secretary is this...



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