Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mr. Ebert's secretary desk

My picker won a secretary desk at an auction a little while back. I didn't even know what that was! I do now and I love it.

Me and Heather have been working on him and the china cabinet lately. The china cabinet is done (can be seen in previous post). 

I found out the other night that this secretary is about a hundred years old!! I'm always super excited to find that out about a piece of furniture I have. This one is made of walnut and was made by The Ebert Furniture Company. 

I decided to paint him in Miss Mustard Seed's Shutter Gray milk paint. 

The first coat is on :)

I couldn't work on it For a day or so (you know, toddler, my regular full time job, and sometimes mommy is just tired!). When I came back to it, omg!, you should have seen what this milk paint did all by itself! I could already tell the chipping thing was going to be gorgeous!! 

After his second coat of paint I waited til next day, praying the flaking would still come through.  It didn't let me down!!

He's waxed down too :)
Can you tell the difference? The top part is where I've already applied wax, bottom part I haven't waxed yet in these pictures.

And Mr. Ebert's secretary desk is complete!!


  1. Love this.....
    I have the exact same piece, that has been sitting for two years.
    You have given me the inspiration to paint it this same color.
    Please, tell me. did you just paint it, no priming or preparing the surface?
    Just a little more detail, so I can have my piece look the same
    Thank you, Cheryl

    1. Thank you so much! I got so excited to have a comment from someone I don't know! Lol!! After the minor repairs the only thing I did to "prep" him...honest to God... Is wipe the dust off haha! And I didn't do a detailed job on that. There was an existing finish on it. My guess is polyurethane... I painted a total of two coats of Miss Mustard Seed's Shutter Gray

    2. Thank you for responding so quickly
      I'm going to order the paint
      I have been stalling on painting this piece, because I wasn't quite sure if MMS paint would give me the look that I desired, which is the look of your piece
      Thanks again. Cheryl

    3. I'd love to see your desk once its finished!

  2. Gorgeous secretary desk! I love it, you did a great job!

    1. Thank you so much! If I don't sell it pretty soon it's going to be even harder to let go of it! I wish I could keep everything :)