Thursday, October 24, 2013

I Think I've Got It!

...and it's nothing like I planned.

The secretary I found on Craigslist has proven to be quite a challenge to transform!  It was lovely in its found condition but it wasn't what I wanted.
What did I want?  I have no clue.  I was smitten with the shape.  That's all I knew!

Here is a peek at what it looks like now.
Before and during...

I am not using the grisaille (and here) panels after all.  What I plan to do is paint plexiglass sheets with Krylon Looking Glass Paint and apply mirrors to the door panels.

I will keep the ormolu but I am going to age the finish with Annie Sloan Old White and French Linen, followed with Dark Wax.  I may also gild the trim with an antique gold gilding wax.
Annie Sloan French Linen
From my How I Saved $12,000 or More post.

With the Old White combined with the French Linen it will look more like this...
Annie Sloan French Linen over Old White, then sanded.
From my Gustavian Armoire Tutorial, here.

The interior will be Annie Sloan Duck Egg and Dark Wax

I was inspired by stunning images of mirrored secretaries on Pinterest.  Click here to see my Project Board, filled with inspiration!

Here is one of my favorites!

I promise to do a tutorial!

More on this as it develops!




  1. Your creative genius never rests. There is no doubt in my mind that this wl be fabulous with your magical touch.

  2. You are good. VERY good. A true DIY heroine!!!! Cannot wait to are onto something GORGEOUS!

  3. Olá,
    que lindo, adoro seus móveis, aqui não existe móveis assim. Estamos construindo um casa para as visitas e quero comprar móveis antigos, vou ter que ir em outro país, no Uruguai. Eu pintei os moveis do meu escritório de vermelho. Bateu a loucura em mim hahha
    Bjos e tenha um ótimo dia.

  4. wow this will be interesting...I hope I don't miss it.

  5. What happened to the pictures of your garden??? You worked on it ALL SUMMER!

  6. Oh great inspiration!!!! I've never seen anything like that. LOVE the mirror idea -especially if they're mottled / unperfect looking. Let us know how the looking glass paint works!

  7. I can't wait to see it when it's finished! Your plans sound luscious!

  8. It's going to look fabulous Andie! I can't wait to see it completed. You have tons of ambition wish I did :) !!

    Pamela xo

  9. I love the elegant pale green of the Italian antique prototype! It looks VENETIAN. Do you know if it is or not? I think this treatment is better suited to the piece than the grisaille effect. Good for you!

    The antique, if authentic and verifiably so, must be worth many thousands.

    Your piece will look fine. It already does anyway. I sort of like some things in the 'tween stages -- in much the same way I love RUINS. ;-)

  10. It's a beautiful piece, Andie! I know it will gorgeous when you finish.

  11. I love your aesthtic Andie. I wish I could manage this look but it just doesn't fit my ranch style home. It would have looked awesome in my grandmother's home though!


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