Saturday, November 15, 2014

Unique Secretary Desk to the Rescue!

With just a few days left to prepare for our Holiday Open House at Camas Antiques, I sold a large buffet out of my booth and was left with a big gaping hole!  Because I have limited furniture storage space, I rarely have pieces waiting in the wings for this kind of emergency!  Thankfully I remembered that a friend of mine had this unique secretary for sale!  She had offered it to me weeks ago when I wasn't really in the market for a piece of furniture to paint.  With my fingers crossed, I contacted her to see if it was still available!  It was!  My husband and I picked it up the next day and I went right to work painting it!
The fact that this piece already had unique details on it's own and didn't need any repairs or alterations really worked in my favor.  I had a limited time frame to get it ready for the Open House. 
Two coats of Old Ochre, some light distressing and Annie Sloan's Clear and Dark Waxes was all this piece needed to lighten up the darkness of the wood and give it an updated look.
I chose to just paint the two small drawers inside and leave the rest of the interior the original stained wood finish.  I really love the contrast of the dark wood next to the Old Ochre color.  Not having to paint and wax all of those little mail cubbies really saved me a lot of time as well! 
I lined the insides of the drawers with vintage book pages, a look I have always loved.

 This sweet rocking horse decoration was another paint project I recently completed for my booth at Camas Antiques!  Sometime in the next few days I plan to share a tutorial on how I created the finish on it!
I finally invested in some real German glass glitter and have been having a ball creating Christmas ornaments and gift bags with it!  I love how these sweet ballerina ornaments turned out.  I've always thought it would be fun to have a Nutcracker ballet themed Christmas display.  These ornaments are as far as I got with that theme this year, but maybe it's something I will further pursue in the future.
Here is my booth all decked out for Christmas!  There was so much more I had intended to do, but just couldn't quite get to it all!  We had a real blizzard this week with snow, wind, icy roads and everything!  I actually felt very fortunate to make it to the store to set up my display at all!
Thank you for your sweet visit!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants 


  1. Your booth looked great--I love that little desk and the horse! Looking forward to seeing how you created that. Here we have had basically no snow--but where we parked for the Open House there was snow on the pavement. Cold just makes me more wanting to decorate for Christmas :)

    1. Thank you, Sandy! I know what you mean! I am so ready to start decorating my own home for Christmas! :)

  2. What a beautiful piece - love !
    And you've staged it just perfectly - you'll probably have another gaping hole before you know it !!!

    1. Thank you, Suzan! You are too sweet! Have a great weekend!

  3. Amanda, your space is very inviting and full of charm. You did a terrific job on the unusual secretary. The contrast of the dark wood was an excellent idea. It looks adorable with the rocking horse sitting on it.

    1. You are so kind, Sarah! Thank you for your thoughtful words! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Love the desk and the horse.
    You did a great job.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    1. Thank you so much! Have a lovely weekend!

  5. Loved this restyle, such a unique piece! We featured you this week at Ivy and Elephants.
    Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Happy Thanksgiving!


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