I found this lovely secretary at goodwill and fell in love with it because of the legs. It definitely had a lot of wear with it’s terrible stain job and flakey, chipping finish.
I chose to paint it a darker shade, and picked a deep teal blue color that was very greyed out. I sanded the desk to start with, wiped it down and then painted two coats of the teal color on the outside and two coats of a lighter grey on the inside. I did a bit of distressing to give it a worn look, and then sealed it with wax.