Vintage Claw Foot Drop Front Secretary Desk

Whew! That’s a mouthful.. but it is what it is… which this beauty is from the early 1920’s, has beautiful bow front drawers, cool “secret” compartments and some fine claw feet! Yes, it needs some love… don’t all of my pieces?



Well here she is after said “love’”! Just gorgeous! I decked her out in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Duck Egg for the drawer fronts, Old Ochre for the body and I sprayed the handles flat black…

Check out her yummy curves! A little bit of distressing on the entire piece was all she called for…

I just LOVE ball & claw feet… and hers were intact. Sometimes when a piece is this old you might be missing some of the “toes” or parts…

I love this combination of Duck Egg & Old Ochre!

Voila! For the inside I used a flat black and waxed it after I distressed it.

I got very lucky as the back of this was off so I just removed the whole mail sorter piece and refinished the door and drawer fronts and sprayed the rest flat black. I lightly distressed the edges and waxed all of the edges and fronts and then reinstalled the piece… I cannot imagine having to have to paint this by hand!

So lucky the key is still here.. can you imagine! Did you know these little columns pulled out? I didn’t until I removed the piece… pretty cool huh?

One last look at her ready for a new home!

My middle daughter so wanted to keep this to replace her current makeup vanity but it was just a smidge too big… she loved the little door on this piece… it reminded her of Alice in Wonderland…


I see what she means!

Thanks for stopping by… until next time!

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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hey there! You want to know more about me? Well here's a little bit... I'm the lucky wife of a Super Awesome Husband (SAH) and a mother of 3 wonderful girls. We moved to Louisville, KY in 2013 from Richmond, VA where I was refinishing, repairing and painting furniture as a serious "hobby". Since moving I have been spending most of my time designing and updating our new-to-us home, but I do enjoy getting out and exploring my new town as much as possible!

Posted on September 15, 2012, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Gorgeous piece! You must have infinite patience! I hope to go to the show in Ashland. Didn’t know about it until I saw your post.


  2. This piece is geat!! I love the curves. I also like the colors. Just beautiful



  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    What a beautiful secretary! Love those curves, the color combination and the mail sorter section is really awesome!


  4. Oh, that’s CRAZY! I was working on pretty much this exact piece TODAY! Except the one I have is a little smaller with 3 drawers. We should have traded if possible! Lol. It looks beautiful!


  5. LOVE is definitely the word on this piece, Susan! You gave this piece new life with that beautiful paint job. Love both colors!


  6. I love this!

    I’m hosting my first linky party – would love for you to join in:



  7. Susan, Your secretary is absolutely lovely with your pretty color combination!
    Mary Alice


  8. Hi Susan, wonderful transformation on the great secretary desk. Thanks for following my blog. I will follow on Facebook.


  9. This is beautiful! I just did a two tone piece in similar colors but I love your pop of black with those handles!


  10. So pretty! I used Duck Egg for the first time a few weeks ago, I hadn’t realized how beautiful of a color it is!


  11. beautiful work, susan! the drawers pop beautifully!


  12. Very nice! Love the color combo!


  13. Good Lord! That is one beautiful piece and you did an amazing job making her pretty again. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


  14. I have the identical secretary Susan! You did a beautiful job!


  15. So impressive! And, what a beautiful surprise when it’s open!


  16. Love the claw feet and the drawer fronts! Oh heck, I love everything about it! It’s beautiful!


  17. One of my other favorite things about this paint is how well it distresses. When you distress latex paint, it rolls and peals off unless it has cured for over a month. I sanded this hours after I painted it and the chalk paint comes off in a fine powder, so it looks natural. The finish is flat and chalky, but shine and protection can be added by applying a coat of wax. A darker wax was then applied to my corner cabinets to tone down the vibrant Louis Blue.


  18. What great work you can’t beat customised furniture, it looks like you have done an wonderful job. A piece of customised furniture can really give your home a personalised touch.


  19. I have the same piece but, i am missing the 2 wooden pull out pieces that support desk when it folded down. Could you tell me the measurements of those pieces?


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