Here is a very old Secretary that the shop got in a few months ago. It was a dark wood then painted red, then painted grey? I know who would do that??
Here is it after we painted it white then put on a colored wax. We decided not to distress it cause of the colors under the white. Both would show through when we sanded down the white. You would see gray then red then the wood. Pretty colorful, but it would not fit into to many peoples home decor.