11/26/2010

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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16 comments:

  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

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

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

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  4. Oh so shabby chic....Stunning

    Take care,
    Lisa

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

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  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.

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  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

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  8. You're the best!

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

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  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

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

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

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  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

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

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

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  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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