Sometimes I need to spend a little time with a piece before I know how I want to “mustard-ize” it. Other times, inspiration hits me immediately and I can’t wait to get to work on it. My furniture does not get the first-come-first-serve treatment. So, even with a bunch of other pieces that have been “in line” longer, I set to work on this desk that I had just acquired from Craig’s List.
Just the night before I got it, I had been trolling Pinterest and came across some beautiful antique Swedish desks that were painting in various shades of bluish greens. So, when I saw this secretary in person, I knew it wanted to look like one of those Swedish desks.
I painted the interior in Mora, which was a nice compliment.
I’m a little in love with this desk and everything I used for the photo shoot. I just wanted to take it all home!
I will admit that painting the cubbies was a pain. I had to take off the back of the secretary and remove them, so I could get everything painted properly. Trust me on this, it’s much better to take the time to take the piece apart than to try to wedge a brush in those cubbies! With the back and cubbies removed, I was able to get the cubbies, behind, under and around them painted, so it looks sharp.
This desk has some pretty cool gears that move the supports out when the desk is open. I didn’t want to deal with painting the sides of the supports, since they slide in and out of their recesses, so I just painted the ends. (I need to try to find a little brass knob to replace the missing one…)
I thought the legs on this desk were so pretty and a little unexpected. The hardware and wood tone speak more to a Queen Anne style, but the legs aren’t cabriole. They are straight, with a turned, almost cannonball detail. I really liked that.
I reused the brass handles, knobs and keyhole cover, because they seem to suit the piece.
This was one of those fun shoots when everything came together just as I planned it out in my head.
The desk (along with most of the other things in the photo shoot) will be available for sale at the Lucketts Spring Market, May 15-17, 2015. It’s priced at $285.
I’ll share more about the chair in another post…