Thursday, October 13, 2011

Secretary Dresser and a Desk

Just when I think things are going to settle down and life will be at a slower pace...someone hits the gas!  

We were out of town last weekend for our annual fall garage sale with Mr. T's family.  It's always a good time!  WAY TOO MUCH FOOD (grows the rear and waste line a bit), but always fun to spend time with family.  On Monday (the Monday before the weekend we were to be gone), Steph at  Main Street Shoppes where we have our booth called to let me know we sold the secretary dresser.  
No staged vanity shots here, just raw, straight from the booth photo!  However, I love the way this turned out.  To see the before pictures visit my Treasures Abound Post.  This took quite a bit of work since the original hardware was counter sank into the edge of the drawers.  Lots of filling and sanding.  I left the inside the the desk drawer in it's original finish.  It had a nice leather inset for writing.  Painting would have been too difficult and I didn't want to remove the leather inset.  We replaced the handles with cut glass handles that Mr. T did a wonderful job with his precise measuring to get them placed perfectly.

The secretary dresser selling was GREAT news! Except, I had a big hole to fill and I wasn't going to be home for the weekend to get anything done to fill that space.  So Monday night, Tuesday night, and Wednesday night (starting all of this around 9pm after we settled our daughter in for the night) I worked on refinishing a desk we had for a couple of months in the garage.  I put the finishing touches on Thursday morning before we left town.  We squeezed in a quick trip to the booth and then off to northern Indiana for a long weekend.

So no laughing at my photos.  Again...they are not staged and pretty!

I didn't get the best before pictures of this one.  Mr. T had already sanded it and removed the hardware.  Sorry....but when someone does the dirty work for you....there is no room for complaining! Yes!  That is our crazy messy garage in the background.

I wish I would have thought to get pictures of the original hardware.  I had planned to paint and reuse them.  However, when Mr. T took them off the literally crumbled.  I am not sure how metal does this, but it did.  

I got to feel like Super Woman for a moment...I could actually break metal with my bare hands!  
So this created A LOT of extra work.  The holes were 2 3/4 inches apart (stock handles are usually 3 inches) so that meant it would be nearly impossible to use the existing holes.  They all had to be filled and sanded.  I filled them with Kwikwood.  If you have never used this is the best!
Once all the holes were filled and sanded. I was ready to paint.  I went out on a limb here and did something risky.  I painted this one green.  I love green, it is my favorite color, but not everyone feels that way. So we will see what the reaction is.  I used Tansy Green from Sherwin Williams.  In person, it's kind of a bright olive green.  People with either love or hate it.  Let's see what you think???
My biggest fear is that people are going to think 1970's green and that is so NOT what I was going for.  

Anyway....I like it, I just hope others do to.  

I distressed the green and then waxed the whole thing in Minwax special dark.  The top was stained in Early American by Minwax and waxed with the special dark as well.  The hardware was a goodwill score.  $0.99 each...of course they were bright brass!  I painted them with Rustoleum's oil rubbed bronze, lightly sanded the edges to give them that worn feel and then waxed them too!
So be honest...what do you think of the green?  Can't wait to see your thoughts and no sugar coating!

Ciao for now! Kellie

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Apology!  I forgot to add this last night after uploading my link to Miss Mustard Seed's blog.  I got so excited that I was in before I was number 259, that I forgot! Please forgive me!


  1. I like it I LIKE it...unique, individual...somebody will LOVE to take this home!!

    Deborah ♥ (visiting happily from hope you can drop by and say hi!)

  2. Thank Deborah! Mr. T said the same thing! I will definitely hop over and check you out!

  3. I owe Miss Mustard Seed an apology. When I linked to her blog last night I forgot to link back. I was so excited not to be number 259! I am sorry. It was a mistake! I hope she accepts

  4. I think it turned out terrific. It looks wonderful with the wax. Thanks for the tip on the Kwikwood. I have not used it but I might need it when we paint our cabinets. I really love the secretary that you sold as well.


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