I am such a sucker for a secretary. I think they are its own perfectly, cozy space. They are a beauitful piece of furniture, but also functional. A perfect spot for a laptop. I can imagine it in a kitchen as a “mother’s desk”, a study or even a bedroom.
My sweet client, Rachel, brought me her little secretary to refinish. These are just coming out of the wood-work! I have done about 5 of them in past few months! And they all look the same when they come to me. Some have the hutch part on top and others have just the little desk.
We talked about the right color for her home and since I had done some interior work for her, I knew a lighter color would look great. Anything in the white family will pretty much work in any space. I encouraged her to think about doing the interior. I just love how the belly of a secretary looks painted.
Due to the long, narrow crevices, the paint cannot be applied thickly with your brush. So, the look becomes a lovely, distressed one. I think it gives this older piece so much personality.
Here is the exterior. The lighting is not great as it is at the end of the day, but you get the point.
Rachel let’s me distress as I see fit. Yes, with a piece done in Old White you will notice the aged look more, but that is the charm. Who wants a white piece with a ton of coverage – it will just look like a replication or something you can buy in a store. Please distress your secretaries!
She shared this dear picture with me and I think it’s a perfect image.
Being the dear she is, she also dropped off zuccini bread, a lovely card & homemeade granola in a blue mason jar! Thanks, Lovely.
Looking for a sweet secretary? I happen to have 2, maybe 3 for sale at the moment. Email if interested: firstname.lastname@example.org