Here is the picture from the auction. Cute right?!
Vintage Secretary Gets Jazzed Up!
This little cutie was posted in an online auction, and I WON! I had to go pick it up, but was happy to find that they would load it for me! My enabler was at work so I was on my own that day. 😂
My first step (after wiping down) is to sand and base coat. Here you can see the sanding and base coating are completed, and I carried it in to paint.
I decided on a soft gray. Here you can see the first coat is on and drying. It generally takes two to three coats to get the best coverage. A light sanding between coats will help minimize brush lines, and give you a smooth finish.
I decided to do a two tone of black and gray on the desk “door,” and drawer fronts. This requires taping off, because I do NOT have a steady hand. 🤣
I decided I wanted to add a little something to the desk “door,” because it was just too plain. I found this cutie at Lowes, and inspiration struck!
After painting it black, I dry brushed it with the sea foam color. How fun is this?! If you aren't familiar with dry-brushing, here is a link to a "how to."
Seriously, I should have attached the appliqué BEFORE the door was painted...but this worked. A little wood glue, some tack nails, and a nail set to sink the nails..and perfect!
I started out with rub n buff...but quickly decided it just wasn’t right for this hardware. I moved on to Rustoleum metallic spray paint instead. If you follow me, you know that patience is NOT one of my virtues....*sigh* several light coats will prevent runs, more work, and more time. One day I might learn this lesson myself.
After the paint is dry and the piece is lightly sanded with a fine grit sand paper...wipe it down so no dust remains and polyurethane time. I have found I really prefer a wipe on. I hear you can mix regular and save some $$...I may have to try that!!
I just can’t resist a pop of color!! And if you follow me....you already know my passion for sea foam is real. 😂
I put the door back on, and done!
What do you think?! I love the transformation of this piece.