Monday, March 26, 2012

Two Toned Secretary Desk

This is one of those projects that I’ve had marinating in my little brain for a long, long time.  I’m happy to report that the finished project turned out just like I hoped it would. (I love it when that happens!)

It all started when I picked up this fantastic secretary desk.


It was in really good shape, so I listed it as-is, but no one was biting, so it sat, and sat, and sat some more.  Sat through the end of pregnancy.  Sat through the newborn days.  Sat through catching up on other, smaller, less work intensive projects that I could actually move by myself.  And it finally had it’s turn come up on the docket.  And I couldn’t have been more excited to give it the attention that it deserved.

I had a vision for her in shabby, distressed, french gray with dark walnut stained drawers and a fabulous vintage wallpaper on the back of the top cabinet.  Like I said, when I was finished and stepped back, it was everything I imagined it would be.







I’m head over heels for this stately old broad!  Hope you like her too!

Linking to:

Primitive & Proper, House of Grace, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Domestically Speaking, Miss Mustard Seed, The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring, Finding Fabulous, Five Days, 5 Ways


  1. it looks so cool! sometimes when i let things marinate in my brain, i wait too long to take them out.

  2. ;0I love the dark stain against the white/grey!! Great job as always

  3. It is fabulous!!! Now are you going to be able to sell it or are you keeping it?

    1. Already moved it down to the shop. I need a bigger house if I'm going to start keeping any more pieces for myself! ;)

  4. is that back all hand painted ? looks awesome!

  5. Gorgeous! Bet no one passes her by any longer!

  6. So pretty, Anne Marie. Everything works together so beautifully.

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  8. Very beautiful. It looks so elegant now. Love it!

  9. So gorgeous! Love the two tone and the paper back. Great job!

  10. can you tell me what you used on this piece? i am looking to do very similar application on a mid-century desk i found at garage sale.

  11. I have the exact same secretary desk! I painted mine gray...still trying to figure out what to do on the inside....LOL. Thanks for sharing - yours turned out WODNERFUL!

  12. I have been searching for a secretary desk like this for SO long! This came out beautifully. :) I love that you still have the key to the upper cabinets!


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