Monday, January 30, 2012

Everyone Should have a Secretary

First I want to start off by thanking everyone for their kind comments on my last project, and yes I  love the dresser in my bedroom and she fits right in.  Okay onto the secretary/ desk, what are they called anyway?  I picked this little gem up on craigslist for twenty bucks, I know, who would sell it for that?  The thing about the original owner is that she had this piece in her bedroom since she was a little girl and didn't have a place for it anymore, ohhh.  Oh well, I do! 

Most of the hardware was broken off and one of the hinges was broken too.  The hole drilled in the back was for electrical cords, I'm guessing.

So I took off the hardware and had to scrub her down pretty good.  The paint was bubbled in places so I had to sand and then prime her.
I decided to cover the hole up on the back with some old wall paper that I picked up at a second hand store for a dollar.  It's a huge roll and will last me forever.  I used modge podge to stick it to the back,  and it completely changed the look of the desk.  I then drilled a hole on the desk front for a hardware pull.  It looked kind of naked without it.

I really love the paris grey with the old white color scheme.  This is the first time I have used paris grey and like so many of you guys, it's my favorite AS color, anyway until I get another one.

      And there you have it, a fully clothed secretary.  I think everyone should have a secretary, don't you?

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  1. Absolutely beautiful! I love the wallpaper backing. The colors are perfect. ~ Jeanne

  2. You sure got a deal! It looks great!

  3. I hopped on over from Today's Creative Blog! What a fabulous find and that price is amazing! I love what you have done with it. It's beautiful!

  4. Very cute!! I love the color of the drawers and the backing paper! It's perfect!! Thanks for linking up to t2t Tuesday at Sassy Sites!


  5. it's gorgeous,love the colour. My mother had one of these when we lived in England and it was called a writing bureau.
    x jeanetteann

  6. Grey and white is so pretty! You did a great job!

  7. I have a black one that I can't figure out what to do with! This is great! Paris Gray has been a long time favorite and now Coco & French Linen have taken over! New follower!

  8. ooh i especially love the wallpaper in the back!

  9. Great job on the secretary, great colors

  10. looks great! i LOVE the two toned color combo!

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  12. I love your secretary. :) The color is perfect and the wallpaper is fabulous!

  13. Looks great! Now, if she could only type!

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  15. I just inherited a secretary like this from my Mom's estate --no one else wanted it as it is pretty beat up, but i loved the shape of it. Seeing the miracles you perform on old furniture has cheered me that perhaps I will be able to rescue this piece! Thank you so much for all your tutorials! I became a new follower of your blog!