Wednesday, April 5, 2017

love a secretaire ...or two

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

I love little secretaire desks. Such a nice piece of furniture and a cute way to hide away your paperwork mess. This tiny one is not the desk to write your grand novel at, but it would be great for a kids room or to pop in the corner of the lounge room to pay bills at. This piece was a big mess when I bought it and I have been slowly working on it for many weeks. 

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

The worst part of it was on the drop down front there was old brown felt that looked like sticky carpet from an old pub. I spent ages ripping it out as it was glued in  - I ended up using a heat gun making sure I didn't set the whole thing alight. I ended up screwing in a bit of painted ply over the top of where the felt had been. much more useful than a soft surface. I painted the ply in the same duck egg that the interior and drawers are.

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

This desk is very similar to one I did a few years ago although that one was missing the drop down front part. It still was a cute little cabinet.

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

I also finished a bigger secretaire desk. This one was in great condition and the interior timber is beautiful so I thought I would save myself the hassle of painting it and be able to sell it cheaper than when I paint it all.  I have painted both these pieces on the same Annie Sloan mix - a lovely limed white/pale grey.

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

Both desks sold immediately after listing them last night: one is heading to Bowral and another to the Central Coast. Nice to have my furniture snapped up so quickly. I am so grateful to my lovely customers and to have a thriving business doing what I absolutely love.

I am off this morning to pickup a huge load of amazing furniture I have sourced. I am so excited about some of the pieces. I will share with you tomorrow once it's unloaded and photographed.

Have a lovely day.

Fiona xx

Below are some more secretaire desks that I have previously painted.

Lilyfield Life vintage desk secretaire hand painted

1 comment:

  1. I like the look of the blue one in the other photos. I had one but it never got used so ended up selling to someone else who would enjoy it for $50. I always think they look cute but for me, nothing I seem to use.

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