Zebra Stripes, Butterflies, Secretaries, Oh My!

A new client of mine brought me this pretty vintage secretary to refinish for her. It was in very good shape, she just wanted to bring a pop of color to her room…


The front had a small amount of veneer loss and some puckering. I filled the missing veneer with wood filler and sanded down the puckered areas.

Here it is after a couple of coats of Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… remember my client wanted a pop of color right!

Provence blue painted secretary desk

She wanted very little distressing so I just focused on a few “key” areas, waxed and buffed the piece. I also sprayed the handles with Rustoleum chrome spray paint.


I just love claw feet don’t you?


Now for the “surprise” part… she wanted the inside painted Cream Annie Sloan Chalk Paint which paired beautifully with the Provence. I sprayed the area first with Rustoleum Heirloom White to help get the best coverage for the Cream. Painting inside of these little cubbies is pretty brutal!

Secretary desk with zebra striped drawers

Oh, did you notice the zebra stripes? I thought you might… I freehand painted those (pretty proud of myself too) leaving the original wood as the background stripe, they really are just cool!

zebra striped drawers

My client had a special request to create a small butterfly inside of the secretary, the butterfly reminds her of her Grandmother who has since passed on. So I cut the butterfly out of some floral paper and used spray adhesive to attach it to the wood, I think it’s a very sweet touch…

decoupaged butterfly inside of desk

This is the 3rd secretary I have painted in the last 6 months! They really are fabulous and great for storage as well! I wish I could find a narrow one for my foyer!

Provence blue painted desk

I hope you dig this project as much as I did! I was not too sure about the zebra stripes when she requested them, but obviously she knew what she was talking about as I just think they’re perfect!

And now totally off the subject… recently I have been noticing that when I am painting I’m standing with my left hand on my hip… like I’m getting ready to start clogging or something… what’s up with that?! I think sometimes I’m loosing it Winking smile

As always 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 June 8, 2013, in Furniture refinishing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. I LOVE this – especially the Zebra stripes and the little butterfly! What sweet surprises when one opens the secretary. You did a fantastic job.


  2. Great idea to spray the inside, just finished painting one so I know just what you mean. Fabulous with the stripes…love it! x


  3. Oh WOW!! Just stunning! I love it. And great job on the freehand zebra stripes!


  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    The zebra stripes were an fun surprise! You did a great job! And all those cubbies – yikes! And I’m going to remember your spraying tip! … I’m sure your client is thrilled to have such a personalized piece! Nicely done Susan!


  5. I think it looks great. Great free hand on the stripes, I’m sure she loved it.


  6. Beautiful! Love the zebra stripes — great job!


  7. The blue is fantastic! really does POP! the interior cream compliments nicely 😉


  8. Love the zebra stripes – freehand, even! The interior contrast is so nice. Love it all.
    His blessings,
    Km @ Curtain Queen


  9. So cute! I love it. I would never have thought of the zebra stripes, but it looks awesome!


  10. Susan, I LOVE that gorgeous pop of color you chose for the desk. And the zebra stripes…stellar! You did a great job handpainting those – and just gave me a little inspiration 🙂 Thanks!


  11. Love this! The color is gorgeous and the fun surprise pattern inside is so much fun! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 4 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/06/give-me-goods-monday-link-party-12.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof


  12. Love “the surprise inside!” What great details.


  13. Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do? Beautiful! I would love for you to share this at my weekly linky party.



  14. Love it.. what a beautiful piece of furniture. Great job!!!


  15. That is such a beautiful piece of furniture. Following your blog!
    Cheers! Cindy @ sunsetcoasting.blogspot.com


  16. very cool, love how you did the zebra stripes! I have a secretary that I have pegged for ASCP, the hubs is not quite on board but he knows that it will happen! I love what you’ve done, thanks for the inspiration!


  17. Pretty cool. Aqua is so hot right now and I am obsessed with secretary desks. I want to buy at least two before I leave Germany.


  18. You just keep one-upping yourself Susan – this is just beautiful – and those zebra stripes are such a pretty surprise ( very very impressed you freehanded them!!! )


  19. Hi! I just found your blog through French Country Cottage – Feathered Nest Friday and I am your newest follower. I love this blue secretary with the leopard print. It is adorable! I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime at http://homeandlifestyledesign.blogspot.com/


  20. Oh, goodness! This is gorgeous!!!! You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button. Hope to see you again at the blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


  21. You did it again! You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a Sunday Showcase feature button for your blog. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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