Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Scretary Gets A Makeover

No, not a secretary "person", 
a secretary "desk".

A friend of a friend called me about painting their desk.
It's not very big, but it has lots of nooks and crannies...
I worked on this piece everyday for a week!

At first, I thought the secretary should not get a makeover.
She was a natural beauty.

But, she turned out quite lovely with her makeover...

 The paint color is Sherwin William's, Anjou Pear.
I antiqued it with a raw umber glaze and finished her off with a couple of coats of polyurethane.
 I have to admit, even though at first I thought she shouldn't be painted, I do like her better after her makeover.

What about you? Do you prefer natural wood or painted?

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  1. I love what you did to that desk! Oh my goodness!! I like both natural wood and painted wood. I like mixing the two. I know that at some point painted furniture will be out of vogue and I will still have some finished wood pieces in my house so I won't have to start over!! :)

  2. A stunning new look and a great improvement - love the colour!

  3. You did an amazing job! The desk is night and day different.
    I love the color choice,and the hardware looks great! What did you do to it? Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  4. Well I love it! I have just started painting furniture and love the instant gratification of it! I have a secretary quite similar to this and it's on my hit list of stuff to paint! Pinning this one...nice job!

  5. It looks great. You did an awesome job and the finish looks professional. I can't wait to see what else you have done!

  6. My goodness so pretty! I love the color.

  7. I love this! Another amazing Transformation!! I would love for you to come link up at my Paint Party going on Now
    Hope to see you soon!


  8. So pretty! Just love painted furniture - it looks so fresh, don't you think? Well Done! Catherine (new follower)

  9. I have been on the hunt for a secretary to makeover in a similar fashion! I have a small house and now that I am strictly using a laptop, it would be a great way to add storage while giving myself a little workspace.

    Thanks for sharing at Tatertots and Jello


  10. I like her both ways. The naturalist in me loves the before look of the perfect secretary; the creative side of me loves the painted secretary. Oh crud, does this mean I'm bi-crafter?

  11. Love what you did with this secretary. It's amazing what a little paint can do to give a whole new look!

  12. just saw your post from silver pennies, what a great job on the secretary! It looks beautiful!

  13. I vote painted! I like what you did with her, a nice job. Very simple but attractive.

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
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  14. It is a beautiful piece and you really couldn't go wrong, whatever you decided to do. I do love the lighter color and antiquing glaze. I am pinning this to the DIY Furniture board. Thanks for sharing, D@TheShadyPorch

  15. I like the paint better! Great job!

  16. Such a great color! I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

  17. Love it! Great color choice!


  18. I find it hard to paint beautiful wood. But, must admit; she's a real beauty! You did a great job. Nooks and crannies are not fun. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. So pretty! I love the color and the glazing. I'm sure your friend will love it! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  20. As always...this piece is AMAZING!!! You rock girl!!!! hugs...TFS!


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