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Saturday, January 5, 2013

A New Addition

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Greetings, friends!

While I should be putting our house back together after taking Christmas down last week ... SOMEhow, I found myself with a paint brush in my hand.

You see ... I've wanted to add an antique secretary to our great room for quite some time now, but, have never found one that I liked ... that is, until the other day (thanks to a rainy morning and Craigslist).

Here's what *she* looked like after we brought her inside ... in pretty good condition, despite dings here and there.  Still, I could practically hear her begging me for a makeover ... so, that's exactly what I did.


And, here's how she looks now, thanks to a can of Annie Sloane's "Pure White:"


Of course, I had to distress her a bit to honor peeks of her history (love the ball and claw feet):


I also decided she needed to be a bit fancy, so I replaced her rather nondescript wooden knobs with fun, clear *vintage-y* ones:


Lastly, to add a bit of pizazz, I painted on a simple, French graphic (thank you, again, Graphics Fairy)!


Before:


And, AFTER!


I truly hope she approves of her new look!

Now, back to vacuuming up glitter and finding everything I tucked away for the holidays!

And, come on over and play with us:

Savvy Southern Style/WUW
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesday's Treasures
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday
Jennifer Rizzo/Fabulously Creative Friday Linky Party
From My Front Porch to Yours/Treasure Hunt Thursday

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75 comments:

Kristel said...

Wow, she turned out so pretty, and yes, I agree, her feet are gorgeous! Nice work with the wording as well, truly, she turned really great!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

She is beautiful!! I know she luvs it :-)
I am all about the feet!

I too have to find some stuff I stowed away in November.... note to self, write notes . Sigh.
Cheers, Gee

Sally said...

I love the transformation. Beautiful!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Perfect transformation.

Gypsy Heart said...

The truth is out ~ you even sleep with a paint brush in your hand. LOL

Seriously, great job! Love, love the knobs so much and the graphic is perfect. You are a pro!

xo
Pat

Caroline said...

That is such a beautiful piece... very impressed with the makeover!

Karin Chudy said...

that turned out so Beautiful. Its the kind of piece that makes everyone else go..I NEED one of those!
Beautiful
Hugs
Karin
www.artisbeauty.net

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Becca, you did a sensational job! Your secretary looks stunning in white. I LOVE ASCP in pure white!!!
And the graphics are perfection. This is the prettiest transformation!

southerninspiration said...

OH my word....it's gorgeous!! I so love it, and I know you do, too! What a grand idea!
Suzanne

Audrey @ Neverending Decorating said...

Wow! I absolutely L.O.V.E it, you did a fantastic job!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

oh, she's gorgeous in her new white outfit!!

Maz said...

At first I was "no, not over the beautiful wood"
but when I saw her I knew you were right ! she looks amazing white and a little distressed, love the claw and ball feet like everyone else, and changing the handles -perfection, I can't visualize like you -you must have great instinct.
Glad I am not the only one who lost new items before christmas -still need to find where i hid them !

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful piece, Becca! It is stunning in white. It really makes the glass doors stand out, too. Great project to start of the New Year with!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

You did a beautiful job! I am so impressed with how everything pops now! Well done!

Pam

Carol said...

Wow, that is just beautiful, Becca! She should most definitely approve of her new look -- she is just so striking! Great job!

Carol

Sharing Shadymont said...

Oh, Oh, Oh....she is a beauty! Love her all dressed up in white! Just gorgeous!

Pamela Graham said...

omg....wonderful!!!

Designs By Pinky said...

Beautiful, Becca!!! She looks SO much better and perfect in this spot. Love the graphic too! XO, Pinky

Decorating Lady's Humble Abode said...

This is to funny of you calling this piece of furniture a she. That is what I call all of my pretty furniture. You did a great job of painting it she really does look gorgeous girl. Love the white and, ohhhh the glass knobs takes her from old and tired to WOW. I just found a Duncan Phife table and six chairs on CL...for free that I am picking up tomorrow. I am going to paint it antique white. Love your table and chairs. Humble Abode

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

I am soooooo jealous Becca! I have wanted an antique secretary like that for our family room for several years. Yours is beautiful...love the transformation!

Nicole @ Mendez Manor said...

wow! It turned out beautiful! I wish I knew how to get that distressed look when I paint something. Maybe you could post a how-to someday :) Have a great weekend!

Judy said...

you've been a busy girl! i'm still trying to get my blogging groove back...i think part of my problem is hubby's been on vaca for the last 3 weeks and i'm going nuts! so happy he's going back to work on monday (LOL)! i told him he could never retire!!

love your secretary. i've always loved them but have never bought one (yet)....i'd have to sell something to fit one in my house.

xoxo!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Love this piece! And you did a wonderful job with the new paint job! :)

NanaDiana said...

Becca-It turned out great! I love it...did you have just a moment of "gulp" before you started painting it? I have such a hard time painting good wood pieces sometimes. This one turned out beautiful, though- xo Diana

Margaret said...

She is a beauty! Love the transformation!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Beautiful transformation!
Hope you have a GREAT weekend!
Blessings,
Cindy

Savvy Seasons said...

That is one AMAZING beautiful piece. I love the added graphic, you are fantastic at these furniture transformations! Happy New Year! XO ~Liz

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Becca, "she" is gorgeous! Love the crystal knobs...that was a great touch! You always have such great transformations!! And energy!! Lol!

Cricket said...

BEAUTUFUL!!!!

Jemsmom said...

She is a beauty! Tom would die if I ever came near something like that with paint, but I just love it! Is this where your foyer table was? I am trying to place it!

Rooms by Ann said...

Beautiful Job, I love the transformation.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Looks beautiful! Great find!
Karen

Nancy Carr said...

A beautiful change from the original.

Suzy said...

Oooh - I love it, Becca! I've always wanted a piece like this. You did a great job of giving her a makeover and I love the graphic that you added.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. What a fabulous piece. I love the bowed drawers. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

kelly arent-Copper Roof Interiors LLC said...

Wow....a beautiful transformation! Great job! I love your site and all that you post. Keep up the good work.
K

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Just gorgeous, you did a fabulous job on her!

‚Ą≥artina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh Becca she's a beauty!! LOVE the makeover you gave her! The knobs are perfect and the graphic looks great!! I know your going to have fun changing her up for all the different seasons!

Aileent said...

That looks amazing. Well done

Stacey said...

Pretty! I'm jealous. Love her new coat of paint. I've been watching Craig's List forever for a secretary. One of these days!

Brooke Kroeger said...

Okay, normally I am a "don't paint it" but this is just beautiful. I especially love the design on the door. Wonderful job!

Okay, one of my New Years resolutions is taking the time to leave more notes for my blogging friends! I always read posts in a reader and it makes it hard to leave a comment or two. But I do not miss a post! Love seeing the things you share and your lovely home. I wish I had more time to blog, but I work part time at our local library. I wanted to share with you my new blog, just opened this week.... http://www.brookekroeger.blogspot.com.... it will be for my vingage and digital work... including printables you might enjoy. I also have my home and garden site, http://www.creativecountrymom.blogspot.com. This week I am doing a look back to my spring garden.

Hope to be able to connect more in this new year. I am spending less time on Facebook and gave up twitter and everything else. A girl needs time to create, decorate and GARDEN ya know!

God bless....Brooke
creativecountrymom@gmail.com

Countrymouse said...

i am inlove I love the inscription on the lid. Beautiful
XO
Beverly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Becca...the secretary is gorgeous...you certainly transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary!...The graphic is a fantastic addition...So love it!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is so perfectly you! Good job and I'm sure it wasn't easy with those panes in the glass. Love the knobs too!

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Maria Elena said...

Becca, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love the crystal knobs! You are very brave and talented. Looks amazing!

sweetinspirationsbyjpdesigns.blogspot.com said...

Very nice, Becca...love how paint just rejuvenates old, boring pieces!

City Farmhouse said...

You did a beautiful job Becca! Happy New Year, Jen

Debbie @ Fine Point Creations said...

Well done - she looks beautiful!

Denyse @ Crazy Beautiful Life said...

Oh goodness, Becca! I love it!! I swoon over anything French Vintage.

Laura from Top This Top That said...

what a beauty!! i just love how this turned out. I am featuring on my weekly wow's on saturday.

Kim said...

Great find Becca! Love the script and love the paint job. WooHoo for Craig!!
xoxo,
Kim

Debbiedoo's said...

What a gorgeous piece Becca. I have always admired those pieces. LOVE the graphics too. Happy Friday to you!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Love her new and fresh update. Great transformation.

Sandra said...

Becca, I have one very similar that I bought at a consignment store because of the fretwork! I also just finished giving it a makeover. I'll have to post pictures soon. Happy New Year! Keep inspiring us on 2013. :)

Becolorful said...

I can't even begin to tell you how jealous I am. LOVE this piece and have wanted one just like it for our home too. Lucky lucky you and what you did to it made it all the more fabulous. I think you should share it tonight on BeColorful. :D
xoxo
p

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

She looks a lot better now! Love the glass knobs and the graphic. And of course, you can't go wrong with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Love the color choice.

Art and Sand said...

I swear my mother in law had that secretary desk and we sold it when she died. Oh, how I could kick myself now. The trouble is we had no space.

You did a beautiful job on it.

Priya Shah said...

Awesome...too pretty!!! Loved the white color on it...thanks and keep posting more stuff!!


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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is truly gorgeous. Some how I missed this post. Super job!

Pamela said...

Oh Becca I am so jealous!;) I am hunting one down myself. Yours is gorgeous lady!!

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

Beautiful transformation, love the new look!

Babs said...

Great job! The graphic on the front is really neat.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

What a fabulous makeover!! This is so gorgeous. I love your style. I am visiting you from Tuesday Treasures and folloing you as well :)I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

Wild Oak Designs said...

You a great job. All those little panes of wood, and the graphics, terrific!
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Princess Kate said...

I have almost the same exact piece. Love what you did with it. Thanks for sharing.

New Every Morning said...

I've been debating whether to do this to our family heirloom. LOVE it SO much!!! You've inspired me to take the plunge ... maybe. Not sure what my mother in law with think, though. ;)

lisaroyhandbags said...

what an amazing transformation! I love the writing you added to it - so pretty!

Pamela said...

You already know how much I love this piece! Just wanted to say thanx for parting lady!

Helen's Decor said...

The secretary looks fabulous. Does it have the hidden pockets inside on each side of the center door? Some have an open slot on each side. My parents had one with the hidden pockets. Love the ball and claw feet, too.

Helen

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Dawn Mcdowall said...

That is gorgeous...Im curious to know how you added the graphics ? Please tell

Simply Debbie said...

Stunning and shabby...I love it, Becca. I adore and drool over all your designs. I Simply see myself relaxing in your Serenity Room and the one you did for your parents was a work of art...and that ocean view...wowzer
hugs

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