Navy, Coral, and Gold Secretary Desk

Friday, August 2, 2019

Today I have a pretty little secretary desk / dresser combo makeover for you!  Not only did I do something out of my comfort zone when it comes to style and color, I also tried Milk Paint for the first time!  I'll explain more later ;)


I got this cute little thing from my favorite people who I typically get my furniture from!  I was hesitant to buy it at first because I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  But finally I caved and decided to get it because I just couldn't pass it up!  It is such a cool piece!

I wasn't sure what color I wanted to use so I went over to my paint collection and checked out what I had left.  Finally, I knew I wanted to use the rest of my color Peachy Keen from Country Chic Paint that I used on this Peach and Floral Children's Desk Makeover I did, but there wasn't enough left for the whole thing so I had to improvise.  

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I decided since the inside of the top drawer was a desk, I could use Peachy Keen on that section and use navy on the rest of the dresser!  So I went over to Home Depot to get a navy paint.  But there was one problem, there was no navy blue chalk paint.

But there was milk paint.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to try something new!  So I picked up this milk paint from Rust-Oleum and got to work!

I wiped down he piece, removed the hardware, and started painting.  I painted the inside of desk first!

While that was drying I started on the body!  Since this was my first time using milk paint I wasn't sure how this was going to go but I went all in.  So first thing I realized was it would require more coats because it was a thinner formula.  This is what it looked like after the 1st coat.

But I also realized that it was super easy to work with since it was so thin!  I did about 5 coats of this paint, letting dry completely in between each coat. What I also learned about milk paint is that it sinks into the grain of the wood which still makes it slightly visible, which I don't mind.

For this little bottom piece I decided to spray paint it gold with he same color that will be used on the knobs!

After I was done painting I grabbed a wet sanding sponge, I got mine form Amazon, and sanded down the piece to get that silky smooth finish.  I finished it off with wax and the body was done!

For the hardware I just grabbed my trusty gold spray paint to complete them!  I sealed them with Country Chic'c Toughcoat too for added protection!

I put the knobs back on and viola! This beautiful nautical inspired piece is complete!

Here are some beauty shots!  This thing was h.e.a.v.y to bring in the house, but somehow I managed to do it all by myself, with he drawers out of course! I don't recommend doing this by yourself though!

What does everyone think? Have you ever used milk paint before?  I think I am going to have to experiment more with it, but so far I am a fan!


  1. Love how it turned out Meg! Peachy Keen is perfect for a pop of color :)

    1. Thank so much! It is such a fun color to play with!


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