Friday, September 17, 2010

Secretary Desk Redo

A while back I was lucky enough to find this secretary desk at the flea market. I posted about him here....http://uniquelychicmosaics.blogspot.com/2010/05/this-was-my-fab-find-from-two-weeks-ago.html .  I started painting him in the beginning of the summer in my garage.  The heat and humidity kicked in and the combo of me sweating and the paint not drying made me decide to put him on hold. As much as I love summer I couldn't wait for cooler fall days...the start of football season and getting back to this guy. I love the change of seasons, there is always something to look forward to that you haven't done in a long time. Here he is when I first happily got him home. Home for him, the garage.

Great find....yay me! I decided on a creamy white, kinda like heirloom and figured I'd glaze it at the end. Everyone in blog world makes this stuff look so easy. Let me tell you, what a pain in the butt getting into all those little nooks not to mention the glazing nightmare. I'm getting ahead of myself. In all my excitement of finding this guy and loading him in to my car, I didn't even notice the moats on the top where I'm assuming a matching hutch once sat. I used some wood filler which dries very quickly and then sanded it down nice and smooth..


                                                                          


I added a couple of wood appliques with some wood glue. Sprayed the hardware ORB as they say in blog world. I really like the way "she" turned out,  more feminine now. One problem I did have was the attempt at glazing. I really wanted more of a toned down white finish. The glaze just made this girl look dirty. I wiped it off and for now am leaving as is. Anyone know how to get a nice antique finish minus the dirty look? I would love to hear from you! Thanks!

                                                                      
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16 comments:

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Wow! What a transformation! This secretary desk looks so much prettier in white with the wood appliques. You did an awesome job fixing it up!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Wow it looks completely different! Love what you did, the white with the dark hardware is beautiful.

Maggie said...

That is fabulous- I've been keeping my eye out for a desk like that. We so need something in the main part of the house to keep clutter hidden.

Chrissie said...

I love your secretary, it turned out sooo pretty in white!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I love painted furniture. The white looks great!

-Danielle

Claudia said...

It looks wonderful. I like the addition of the applique.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Soooo pretty! I can just imagine how difficult it was to get into all those nooks! Oh my gosh! But you did a wonderful job. How about just some light sanding along the edges to create an aged look? Happy MM!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Dennise said...

Beautiful piece! Can't wait to see more!!

gena said...

That looks just lovely ! What a beautiful job !!!

thanks for sharing,
gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

The Frosted Gardner said...

I just love this. So classy!

Chic Creations said...

So beautiful. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn Honey Darlins Corner said...

I love your transformation! I bet it was a bit hard with the nooks. You did a wonderful job on it!

- Kim said...

I have yet to take the glazing plunge. I have been hand sanding my pieces to give it a distressed look.
Hope that helps.
Beautiful piece.

Gotham said...

you have given a complete new look to this secretary desk, the new thing looks so good and so new, i could not believe that this is the same old thing that you renovated, with little cabinet sections, this desk is a must have in all studies

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driftwoodesign said...

Great job on the secretary. Just finished one last week and strangely enough I wanted to do the same as you, a clean white but with and antiqued effect to the corners and crevases only. Did anyone give you suggestions?

Deidre said...

I LOVE THIS ONE!!! Dreaming of "WHITE"!!Fantastic!