The Tale of the Secretary Who bathed in paint

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Haha!  I got you.  I bet you thought this post was actually about a real Secretary, as in person, who actually bathed in paint!

Well it isn’t.  It’s about this gorgeous Secretary, ready for Spring, but she didn’t start out this way.

Secretary CP inside 1

It’s about a Secretary Desk,  that was literally bathed in paint.  It came to me about two years ago, and after a half-hearted attempt to remove the Pink Paint.  It was too complicated, so it got filed away into the middle of my furniture cube, and there it stayed.

Secreatary before scraped 1

About 6 months ago, Emma and I discovered it and tried the stripping process again.  We tried the best there was, Zinnser Citrus Strip.  It was a totally uneven match from the start.  The Secretary just snickered and absorbed the stripper.  We gave up a second time and refiled it, this time leaving no trail.

After our recent garage clean up, (You can read about the fabulous makeover HERE) we found it again.  It kept turning up like a bad penny. I decided it was do or die.  I brought in the big guns this time.  The Orbital sander with a grinding pad.  I worked at it for about an hour, and finally, finally!  Got through about a dozen layers.

Once all the old paint was removed and I had a smooth surface to work with, the Secretary suddenly came alive.  I did some minor repairs and got to the fun part.  I painted the exterior with just one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Alaska Tundra Green.

Secretary AT after  1

This color is like the quintessential Vintage Color.  It was one of the first colors I tried, and still one of my all time favorites.

Secretary AT after  2

For the interior, I used one of CeCe Caldwell’s newest colors.  Chesapeake Blue. It is almost a Periwinkle color, and plays so nicely with the Alaska Tundra Green.

I can’t say I am sad to say goodbye to my secretary.  I gave her an excellent reference, and am confident she will find the right setting for her skill set shortly at this weekend’s Paris Flea Market Sale.

PS Her resume includes a lovely place to hold the season’s first blooms.  Secretary At with roses


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  1. cassie

    soooo pretty! that is my kind of green!

  2. sharleen

    very pretty, love the colour . Love the pink vase of flowers too.

  3. Jill Flory

    Great little tale! And I like those colors together 🙂

  4. Kris

    Oh this is so pretty. I love the color. You really are the furniture whisper!!!!! You can re love these pieces like nobody else!!!! This is really a sweet one.

  5. Tricia

    Oh how I wish I lived closer because she would have a home with me! She’s gorgeous!

  6. Jayne

    She was worth the effort! That color combination is gorgeous, I love periwinkle and that green is just perfection 🙂

  7. Catherine

    Beautiful as always! I wish CeCe’s paint was available in Australia!

  8. Nina

    Maybe maybe not I might see this desk this weekend

  9. Jeannie

    I love the name, great job once again, Karen.

  10. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    So soft and pretty Karen!

  11. Angie Hernandez

    I love Alaska Tundra Green! I need to buy some this weekend – I ran out of the tester pot so I need to make sure and buy a quart this weekend! Love your posts!

  12. Hetty

    Super nice project! love your secretary Karen.

  13. Crunchy Diva

    The secretary desk is great, but I can’t take my eyes off the pink vase!

  14. Pamela

    Love that color!!

  15. Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse

    Hi Karen! You will be one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see you again at the blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. Doreen

    Love this! I scored the exact same piece at a flea market last month. I really like the color you painted your secretary desk. I might go for something similar! Thanks for the inspiration.


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