Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Journey of a Secretary Makeover Diary Entry 2

Back just in time to participate in one of my favorite events Met Monday. For those who have not read my blog before, my last Met Monday was the first steps I took to re-do this Chippendale Secretary I picked up off of Craig's List. I have added the doors and drawers but there is much left to do! It looks a bit lonely on this large expanse of wall doesn't it? No worries that will be part of my final transformation!

The hardware on this piece was very worn and in bad shape. My initial thought was to replace the hardware. Two things held me back. The first was the spacing between screw holes for the pulls were not a standard size. The second was that these handles were curved to accommodate the serpentine drawer fronts. What to do? What to do? Rather than spending what could end up being a huge amount of time and effort I quickly decided to just run down to Michael's and pick up some Rub & Buff. I am glad I did. They look nice and new without looking shiny new. Plus I KNOW the cost was much more easy on the pocket book that buying new.

Once I put the doors and drawers back in and took a good hard look at the piece in my room I came to the conclusion that it was just "TOO BLACK". In I ran with the sanding block. Mr. Whimsy had a good head shake over that one! First I spend all the effort to get it perfectly painted and then I take a sanding block to it! I just needed to take the "edge off" I told him. I went to work. Just a bit here and there was all it needed. A wee bit of distressing.

A little here and a little there!

Do you think I am done? HA! No way I still have at least three more things that need to be done to this beauty. I will give you some clues. Wallpaper, wire and work! Hopefully I will be able to do it before next Monday. I am not holding my breath. The Whimsy home needs some attention after two weeks which may keep me from working on this project. I have others of course that I can share. Thanks for joining me for Met Monday. Y'all go visit Susan at Between Naps on My Porch to see more wonderful Met Monday surprises! I personally have already viewed a couple and you will be sad to miss them.



  1. It is looking really nice and what a good deal on the hardware.

    from Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

  2. What a beautiful piece, you've done an awesome job! I can't wait to see what you do with wallpaper and wire!

  3. I just love this piece. It is so pretty and I really like the distressing too. Now to use rub 'n buff was a brilliant idea. It really saved a lot of money and also saved the integrity of the piece. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  4. Love the piece and on craigslist, wow ! Yes, I drive my hubby nuts
    too - but cha know that we women
    are allowed to change our minds
    at any given moment...Hugs ~ Kammy

  5. This looks GREAT! I have a piece that is very similar to yours. I have pondered whether or not to paint it and I think you have helped me decide! PAINT!!

    I can't wait to see the finished product!

    Lou Cinda

  6. The distressing was the perfect touch! Glad to know about the rub and buff--I have a couple of things I may try it on! Good luck and keep us posted!

  7. I am so excited to see this piece progress. I can't wait to see it all dome and accessorized in the room. It will be a picture perfect room I am sure.

    I'm so glad you are back, and when things settle down a bit on both ends, I will come up for a visit.

    Love u, Barb

  8. It's looking really good. Wise move on the drawer pulls....Christine

  9. Your desk looks lovely! Especially with the distressing that you have done. I look forward to seeing it's next stage. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  10. Great piece you've got there! Happy Monday!

  11. It looking really pretty so far. Of course you are not done there is always something else we can add. Can't wait to see what you do with your plans next

  12. It is BEAUTIFUL!

    A wonderful MM! :)


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