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  1. Great job!! Its perfect

  2. So pretty! I love the new hardware, where did you source those?

  3. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    Beautiful job. My parents had a mahogany bedroom set that looked like this. The pulls and the wavy drawers were like your desk. Some people got upset when she antiqued the dark wood with a light blue I loved it, and I love your desk.

  4. I would have never thought to paint the front drawers a lighter color. That works so well with the warmer slight off white of the whole piece. It gives the piece more depth. The hardware is a true update from the older ones. I too get the itch to paint on a whim…I just hope I don’t get pulled away before it’s done as I’ve been known to not come back to it for awhile. Better to stay focused and finish:0) Awesome transformation Lory!

  5. Terri Herman says:

    Just lovely! Fits in nicely to your home style. Thanks for the info about chalk paint, too!

  6. I appreciate the detailed instructions that you provide. I have a few pieces of furniture that I hope to refinish. We are planning to downsize from an eight room farmhouse to a 2 bedroom small house being built on our property. I am looking forward to seeing more decorating projects. If I am chosen in next week’s drawing I would like a gift card to Amazon. Thank you.

  7. I have a similar secretary that has been bothering me. It looks like a hulking brown THING. Iโ€™ve been intimidated by the thought of painting it but yours looks terrific. Maybe Iโ€™ll get brave!

  8. This has given me courage to paint some pieces that need updating. Certainly much more economical than buying new.

  9. Nice transformation!

  10. I have a secretary just like that in one of my guest bedrooms along with a poster bed. The dark wood has recently started to bother me. This article has prompted me to start my winter list of things to get done. This being #1! I am a bit worried about painting the cubbies inside the desk, any tips?

  11. Tina Sipe says:

    I love that you brought a special memory to new life with your upgraded look and paint. My favorite pieces are those that have special meaning and memories. Your desk is beautiful!!

  12. Love it! You paint the way I do…..leave clothes in the drawers and hope for the best. Although paint always seem to find a home away from the piece being painted!

  13. So lovely. I just love the secretary and can picture it in every room of the house.
    Bedroom – displaying quilts. Bathroom – housing beautiful soaps and toiletries & storing towels. Kitchen displaying bowl sets, cake stands etc. Sunroom – displaying cherished treasures….

  14. Your a girl after my own heart. Lol I am the queen of spray paint. I love to the instant change it brings to wicker, metal or wood pieces. I paint so often my husband has mentioned buying me a spray gun and booth. Your secretary looks great, both paint wise and styling.

  15. Beverly S says:

    Really love how this piece turned out. Well done! Now I want to paint something ๐Ÿ˜Š

  16. Your column today prompted a trip down memory lane for me. When I was going up in NY, my mother had a lovely secretary with hutch. I wish I still had it. We moved several times and it got sold in one of our moves. You styled yours beautifully. Great job.

  17. Micaela Brundage says:

    Wow! So glad you posted this! I am just about to chalk paint a dresser, so many helpful tips!

  18. I love how it turned out

  19. Pamela J. Brittain says:

    love the updated look!

  20. I used to have a secretary similar to this that I just gave away. After seeing this, I wish I could have it back! Fabulous job! Thanks for posting about it.

  21. Debbie Fox says:

    I chalk painted my corner hutch, easy and a wonderful update .

  22. That turned out so cute! Love it! Thank you for the inspiration!

  23. Valerie Bouchard says:

    I enjoy picking up yard sale & thrift store pieces for diyโ€™s and appreciate these tips!

  24. What a great transformation! White is so clean, crisp & refreshing!

  25. Christine Cremin says:

    Wow, came out amazing

  26. Katherine says:

    When I first looked at the two color job, I wasn’t sure I liked it. A little bit more time and the final picture sold me on it. The new hardware is a perfect fit!

  27. Peggy Wilson says:

    I’ve sent the on to a friend who has a secretary like this and is wanting to paint it. I really wanted to pin this for myself. Even though it says “PIN IT NOW” I simply can’t. I’ve missed so much because of this.

    1. Hi Peggy!

      So glad you like the secretary. You should be able to hover on the image and the little “P” comes up in the top left corner to pin. This is on the image itself, not on the words “Pin It Now”. I can email you a screenshot, as I just did it to test it. However, no worries if that doesn’t work. You can always click on the tan button at the top and bottom of the post that says “Pinterest”. The one at the top is right under the title. That will bring up all the images in the post for you to pin. I hope that helps.


  28. I personally love natural wood furniture. I have a hard time painting real wood because I think it is so beautiful. Your desk looks much better in the solid white finish. It is beautiful in your entry.

    1. Thank you! And, yes, most of the pieces I’ve painted were either already painted (usually by my dad) or are not real wood and had cheesy faux finishes on them that I hoped to make more subtle. However I am currently in the process of painting my bedroom set, a decision that took me years to come to. So far I’ve done the nightstands and I’m so glad I did. I think real wood can be beautiful too, but in this case, it’s more about how it looks in the room than what the wood on the piece looks like. I think there’s room for both in every home… ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Micaela Brundage says:

    I love the updated handles!

  30. Susan Lambert says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    I have missed several posts and so glad you linked this in your “Small living room” post! This turned out lovely and I know your Dad would love it too. The hardware is perfect!

  32. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    This turned out lovely and I know your Dad would love it too. The hardware is perfect!

    1. Cecilia from Georgia says:

      Sorry to post this again. I was getting a message that I had already commented and it wasn’t posting.

  33. I love a nice secretary and your new paint job and hardware turned out great! I also like the new styling.

  34. I love the feet on that desk. I would keep it even if it wasnโ€™t sentimental. I like your hardware better also, sorry Mom and Dad.

    1. Haha, thanks!! My dad used to paint furniture all the time, so I don’t feel bad at all… ๐Ÿ™‚ He’d be proud!

  35. You have inspired me to paint a secretary that belonged to my grandmother and is just sitting in my garage. Thank you !