Chippendale Secretary

As I was browsing the aisles at my local Sullivan's Antique Mall, and where I have a booth, I came across an old smelly, beautiful, petite Chippendale Secretary. The price was $165.  In my gut, I knew that I could make this beaten down piece of furniture into a beauty again. But I left the store without purchasing it.  After days of it being constantly on my mind. I talked to my hubby about it and he said, "Go for it!". He knows that when I get something in my mind that I not only will do the work on it right away, no staying in the garage for years, but I will also make it work in our home. First, I had to get rid of some furniture to bring in the new old so I put an ad in the paper and sold two antique dresses quickly.  The next Saturday, I went back to the shop and purchased the secretary for $150.  Sorry, but I didn't get a before picture with it all together. Instead I thought about picture taking after I had it in pieces in the garage, sanding and cleaning before the priming and painting began. What can I say? I was excited! I didn't like the hardware that came on this, so I found some vintage pulls that I did like on eBay. I also had to have one glass in the upper door replaced. Now it lives in my Green Toile Guest Bedroom, happy and proud!


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  1. Terry, I don't know how I missed this post, but hello...it's gorgeous! You do such a great job, and I love how you displayed the china inside too. I have a huge collection of red and white transfer ware . Have a great weekend , tami

  2. Beautiful transformation!! What a lovely piece of furniture! The pictures of your home are absolutely georgous as well!

  3. Your secretary is gorgeous! Looks fabulous! Great job!!! I am soooo jealous- I have always wanted one!

  4. Oh so shabby chic....Stunning

    Take care,

  5. I love it! It looks amazing an I know you have to be loving it!

  6. What a magnificent makeover! If you haven't already, please pat yourself on the back. I have a similar piece I worked on but I stained it instead. (http://www.thediyspot.com/2010/07/secretarial-update/)I would love to know how you separated the top and bottom sections. I can't see where or how mine are joined together. I was thinking of changing things up a bit and just using the bottom half.

  7. You really have a beautiful piece and you did a wonderful job refinishing it!

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  8. You're the best!

    Thank you for linking up the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party!

  9. Great reno on that piece. I like the way you brought in the green on the drawers. Hope you'll drop by and see our Christmas mantels. We're early this year. Jane

  10. Great makeover, it looks absolutely beautiful:))
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  11. It's beautiful! I love the little green drawers.
    I love your display in it as well.

  12. Wow! Your secretarial turned out beautifully! You did an amazing job! Two thumbs up Terry!
    I love it..
    It just wonderful..
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

  13. Oh so beautiful. Refinished and decorated. It amazes me you could see this in your head. I want to do that. :-) Lovely blog.

  14. What a transformation, it's beautiful now.

  15. I have a secretary very similar to this one and it is on my list to paint! This one is gorgeous! LOVE IT!

    Lou Cinda


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