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Family Heirloom Furniture Update

Presto Chango, a little paint and the Wagner Home Décor sprayer make this family heirloom current.



Take a dark, dingy, basement find and make it worthy "out-front" material with a quick change using Annie Sloan chalk paint and a Wagner Home Décor sprayer. This old secretary desk from the 1920s goes from wall flower to fabulous with a light and bright color update. Spraying the piece with chalk paint means a dramatic change without tedious priming, and the sprayer makes it easy to cover all the intricate interior shelves and organizing insert.


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Family Heirloom Makeover

Spray Cabinet Exterior

Use newsprint to tape off interior, which will get a pretty shade of seashell pink. Spray exterior with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Gray.

Spraying Desk with Home Decor Sprayer

Spray Cabinet Interior

Spray interior with a pink shade called Antoinette by Annie Sloan. Even the most intricate interior is easily sprayed and revived with the Wagner Home Decor Sprayer.

Spraying Desk with Home Decor Sprayer

Distress and Display

Distress entire piece with steel wool. Buff entire piece with a soft cloth and dark wax.

Display seaside finds, vintage ephemera and collectibles in the new piece. The Wagner Home Décor Sprayer brings an old basement find into this century and everyday use. Contributed by Ellen Mchale.

Family Heirloom Makeover
Products Used


Chalk paint

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