January 3, 2013 by twinoaksstudio
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:
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:
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:
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.
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!
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!