A favorite project from 2012


January 3, 2013 by twinoaksstudio

Hello everyone!

I had several adorable projects I finished up in 2012, but this secretary was really special for me.   I nicknamed it the “Corresponding Secretary” – you’ll see why below :).

I finished this up in the late spring before I started this blog, so it never had its own dedicated post – and it certainly deserved one!  Here is a “before” picture:

secretary before

The piece itself had amazing lines and potential.   The exterior veneer was chipped off or separating from the unit in some places (notice the clamp on the left side?).   Inside the secretary someone had left a wet plant (or something of the sort) and the veneer was bubbled too high to repair.   Soooo….  I decided to chip off all of the veneer from the inside desk area.   Ak!!

While I chipped off the veneer, I accidently chipped off some of the wood too.  Oopsie!   Here it is with the divots filled in:

secretary before repaired

I faced a tiny problem here – the desk surface was a little too rough for my liking.  I wasn’t happy with it.   So I decided to turn lemons into lemonade with the help of 2 vital ingredients:

Mod Podge Hardcoat      and

The paper is from Paper Source  They consider it wrapping paper, but it’s a heavier weight than wrapping paper – almost a cardstock weight.   If you carefully cut each postcard out, you will have the look of reproduction French postcards.  Pretty neat, huh? 🙂

Below are some “After” pictures.   The paint I used was Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue with clear wax on the exterior, and Annie Sloan’s Scandinavian Pink on the interior with Mod Podge as a top layer over all of the paint and post cards.   I left the original brass hardware like I found it.

secretary after front

secretary done side

secretary done inside

secretary after closeup

This piece was sold in the early summer.   Its gone but not forgotten!

I hope 2013 is a Happy year for everyone!   Thanks for stopping by!

— Pauline

PS – I will be linking this post up with Miss Mustardseed’s Furniture Feature Friday Link Party celebrating the best of 2012.   Sooo glad she created this category – it gave me a great excuse to write this piece up!  🙂

Also I would like to thank Amy from Mod Podge Rocks for her great Mod Podge tutorials.   They were very helpful!

12 thoughts on “A favorite project from 2012

  1. I love it!!! I wish I had the space and the resources to do furniture projects!!
    Amazing! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2013!

  2. chris glynn says:

    love it love it!! thanks so much for sharing such an awesome project!! 🙂 chris

  3. Judy Hudson says:

    Amazing! I have a mid-60’s secretary with upper glass doors. It looks sort of early American, but you’ve inspired me! It may take a year to work up my nerve and probably months just to decide on a color (I’m home designer challenged), but you’ve at least got me thinking! My house is stuck in the late ’70’s/early 80’s. Wish you & Miss Mustard Seed could spend a week with me in Texas!! I just stumbled on the website this week-end and love it. Thanks for sharing your project!

    • Thank you so very much for your sweet comments! Painting furniture can be a little intimidating at first but when the project is all done you’ll be so amazed at the transformation! Miss Mustardseed has a lot of great tutorials for painting furniture on her website and I’m pretty sure she’ll be visiting Texas in the near future (I know Texas is a big state!) OK – just checked her website – Houston Jan 11-12 at at Altard http://altard.com/ for more info if you are interested. If you need more help than that (or more encouragement!) just drop me a note. Good Luck! — Pauline

  4. Line says:

    Beautiful finish, I LOVE the interior!

  5. Glenda says:

    Such inspiration! I think this might be one of the prettiest secretaries I’ve ever seen.

  6. Natalie says:

    Fun stuff Pauline-you did a beautiful job on this one. ~Natalie

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