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…

BEFORE

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.

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I just love claw feet don’t you?

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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…

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  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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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!
    Jenna

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  5. 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!!! )
    XOX

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  6. 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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