…Before & After: The Pippa Secretary

I found this sweet secretary at an estate sale. I always look for pieces that have detail because chalk paint loves to show off in these nooks.

(Okay, this is not a picture of it at the beginning-beginning. I rushed to put an undercoat on. You get the idea. Ugly. Brown. Blah.)


Here is what it became. You may recognize it as one of the pieces that I brought for the demo at The Home Show.


I hunt for secretary’s all the time because they are just a beautiful bit of nostalgia and also practical for our laptops!


I seriously do not pay Ollie & Owen to pose.


I love painting the interior a different color for a little surprise.


No, there is no candy in that mason jar, Boy.






I said goodbye to The Pippa last Friday when it went to the home of a local teacher. She and her husband just bought their first home & had just started the decorating process. So thrilled I could be a part of their story.


  1. Beautiful! ~ Vanessa

  2. Very nice, Christen! I love that little secretary…. I’m sure “her” new owners will too!

    June G.

  3. I recently bought a secretary I’m afraid to paint, but you give me inspiration! What lovely pieces you find and your work is beautiful !!!!

    Nice to meet you,

    Kathy 🙂

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