Dina had been searching for awhile for a piece of furniture to complete a corner of her dining room. She found this beautiful secretary in a local antique store and texted me this picture to ask my opinion.
We both knew that the sale price was a good one and since I had been to her home before (when she called me to take a look at her mother-in-laws blanket chest) we both agreed that this was going to be the piece to tie her entire dining room together! She asked if she could bring it right over to me and of course I said “yes!” I was just as excited as she was!
I recommended that we paint it Annie Sloan Old White with Annie Sloan Versailles on the inside and keep the mullions and a few other places original. And of course some distressing to show the beautiful details.
This was my biggest project to date. There was a lot of bleed through from the mahogany to the Old White and I had to shellac the entire piece – three times in most places – before painting! Shellac seals in the tannins in mahogany causing the bleed through. The tight spaces in the interior desk were also a bit tricky. But with all that … the result was worth it!
The Old White and Versailles are beautiful together. I painted right over the main drawer hardware, but kept the door pulls and desk organizer pulls original.
The original key even came with it! I love vintage keys!
And look at those ball and claw feet! On the front AND the back legs. Dina had found a beautiful piece of furniture!
I mentioned that we chose the colors based on Dina’s already beautiful dining room — her mahogany dining table, creamy white dining chairs, and a buffet in a beautiful sage green. This secretary is truly the piece that ties everything else together! I was so happy when she sent me this quick cell phone photo after her husband brought it home to her! You can see how well the secretary ties to the table and chairs!
I absolutely love it! Thank you again, Dina! This was a challenging, but fun project! What’s next?
Photography by me. I’m trying, Kira.