Desk Secretary Gets Promoted

This mega-vintage desk secretary is probably from the early 1900’s.  The woman who sold it [at the Ventura Flea Market] said it had been her mother’s.



I prepped her for the promotion with a thorough cleaning using a damp cloth.

After removing the front piece and all the hardware,  I painted it with a roller using DecoArt chalky finish paint in the color, “Serene.”



I continued painting the entire exterior of the desk with “Serene,” replaced the front piece, and then painted the interior with the color “Whisper.”  The back inside corners were difficult to get to with the roller, so I followed up using a 1″ foam brush.


I jazzed up the interior by stenciling a pineapple graphic to the center of the desk for an unexpected pop.


Dip a stencil brush into paint, and dab excess paint onto a paper towel. Use an up and down motion, and pounce LIGHTLY (an oxymoron?) onto the stencil.  I got a bit carried away with the top leaves, and had to quickly remove the paint, re-doing it with a lighter touch.


I used the colors, “Enchanted” and “Inheritance.”  The flourish was a mix of the two colors, an accidental outcome that I like.


After varnishing the entire desk, I lined the two drawers with coordinating scrapbook paper.



And the finished new [old] desk secretary is ready to use.  I’d say she’s happy with her promotion!



I have an industrial work stool that will be perfect with the desk, so it is the next project on my to-do list.



Sharing my DIY at these really fun linky parties:  Tatertots & Jello, The 36th Avenue, The Jenny Revolution, Art is Beauty, Best of Blogosphere, LouLou Girls, Cozy Little House,My Repurposed Life,Creative Country Mom, Sew Crafty Angel, Crafty Wife Wednesday Roundup, Ivy & Elephants, Stacey Embracing Change, I Gotta Create, Charm Bracelet Diva, This n ThatThe Answer is ChocolateThe Cottage Market, French Country Cottage, Funky Junk InteriorsFlamingo Toes, Kammy’s KornerSand and SIsal


25 thoughts on “Desk Secretary Gets Promoted

  1. I love what you did with this! SO pretty! Makes me want to get one of my one and redo it 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us over at the #BestOfTheBlogosphere Link-Up!


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