This desk was handmade by a local craftsman, who fashioned it after a relative’s antique secretary desk. Rob used it as a microwave stand, but when I brought it into my shop, it spoke to me: “I want to be a dreamy desk,” it whispered.
The perfect choice for a dreamer is Fusion’s Buttermilk Cream. It’s a soft, mouth-watering buttery yellow, perfect for a desk stenciled with a Paris theme. A lot of work went into the desk and chair.
The chair had been a very deep blue, so instead of the customary one or two coats, I applied four coats of Buttermilk Cream to get full coverage. I decided to leave some of the gorgeous wood, but in order to hide the knots on what I wished to paint, I had to first cover it with Zinsser Shellac. This product is perfect to eliminated tannin bleed-through.
Two coats of paint on the desk left me with a gorgeous canvas, and my dream of some day returning to Paris made me choose a Parisian theme.
This desk has a cupboard on top, and the two doors on the bottom open to reveal plenty of storage space. There’s a drawer that pulls out, and can be left open to add stability to the desktop, which is held up by a chain on the left.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from writing letters and addressing Christmas cards by hand, but there is a little hole at the back right side of the desk area that would allow for a cord so you can plug in your computer or a laptop. You could also install a lamp, if you need more light.
This Paris Secretary Desk would make the perfect gift for someone who needs cubby space in which to store papers, bills, stamps, etc. There’s room on the bottom for an accordion file folder, too, so the desk is practical as well as beautiful.