Friday, June 21, 2013

Red Red Wine {secretary redo}

This is one of the pieces I picked up during my daughter's softball tournament.  Truth be told, I still get excited when I find a cute little antique and tend to overlook a lot of crap "blemishes".  I loved the curvy drawer and the queen anne legs so I dismissed the cracked/peeling veneer and the inside (which literally had goo in it).  

It was a lot more work than I had anticipated.  I had such a hard time deciding what to do with this one, but I love how it turned out!

Before: this is after I had peeled the damaged veneer


I had this color tucked away in my "idea book".  It's Red Red Wine by Behr.  I absolutely love it!  It's deep-not too bright, but not muddy at all.  I actually decided on it because when I started scuff sanding for prep the stain was a very deep red and I knew it would be a nightmare for bleed through if I didn't sand it all the way to the bare wood (which I was NOT willing to do!).  Painting it red alleviated that problem! :)

 Gotta love those long legs!

I had these knobs in my stash (which is growing!) and I love how they add a little feminine touch.

Long legs AND curves...lucky girl!!  I had to do 4 coats which makes distressing with a sanding block a little painful so I used my paint scraper instead.  I actually prefer the "chippy" look anyway. :)


The inside was a disaster, so I took the whole thing apart, painted all the pieces separately, and then reassembled it.  

Another one I want to keep....  lol

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Christine @ The DIY Dreamer
Karen @ Redoux

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  1. I have the problem of wanting to keep most of the pieces I do too! This one turned out great, even with all those imperfections. You fixed them well and the red looks great on it!

  2. That is a gorgeous leggy piece. I adore Behr paint. Painted my great room with Behr. Have a super Saturday, Olive

  3. Beautiful, Lisa! I'd love to find a desk about this size to makeover. I was going to ask if you used primer {for any bleed through} but you've addressed that with your paint color choice. I like the way you dealt with the potential of that issue. Love how you did the inside, too.

  4. So pretty Lisa! Love the deep dark red and the inside is such a fun surprise!

  5. Oh boy I would not be able to let that darling girl go anywhere except in my house. Drool. You did such a fantastic job, she's gorgeous. Love how you redid the inside, it's heaven with that black white paper and black partitions. Oh yeah. Sure wish I could buy her. Love those snazzy legs, I'd better shut up, I'm embarrassing myself, lol. The red is glorious on her. Perfect finish. I'll have to get me some of that paint. Happy summer

  6. Same thing applies to cute dogs and kittens as can't keep them all.

  7. Gorgeous! It is the perfect red and I can see why you want to keep it. Blessings, Patti

  8. Perfection! Love the knobs and super duper love the interior treatment! Most of my pieces end up being a lot more prep work than I imagine....but it makes the 'after' all the more sweet :)

  9. Wonderful update to a good bones piece...good job!

  10. What a lovely piece, no wonder you want to keep it. Love the red and what you did on the inside.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  11. What a superior the color and the way you did the inside with the black floral background. Sorry it was extra work, but the finished product is worth the effort you put into it.
    Bless you!

  12. This is absolutely stunning!


  13. So gorgeous! That color is perfect! I am always wanting to keep every piece I finish!!
    Therena @

  14. Oh wow! Love the color you chose and the pop inside. You did a really fantastic job! Shared on G+ and Pinned. Thanks for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME. xoxo

  15. This is such an adorable redo. I love everything about's petite shape, your strong red on it's small frame, the way you re-did the interior...amazing job!

  16. Oh! The inside is such a cute surprise! Looks great!


  17. Lovely! The contrast inside is wonderful. :-)
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  18. Beautiful color. Love the drawer pulls and what a lovely interior too!

  19. What a great piece and you did such a wonderful job redoing it. Love the color and the paper on the inside. So fun. I would love for you to link to my 170th Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing. Hugs, Marty

  20. Love the color and what you did inside Lisa! It doesn't even look like the same piece! Thanks for sharing your fabulous makeover at the party this week! I am featuring it on my Facebook page and have pinned it to the You're Gonna Love It Tuesday board on Pinterest :-)

  21. I love the red! I'm just going to have to get bold and try red one of these days because I love it when I see it! An awesome piece :)

  22. Love this desk and the Queen Anne legs. I'm still searching for a good junk secretary to paint over. I love secretaries!

    -Brittany Ruth

  23. Oh my gosh! I love this read secretariat and how it opens on the front-AND the paint COLOR is WONDERFUL!

    Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT. We'd love it if you would link back to us! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sharon and Denise

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  24. she's adorable, love that print inside!!

  25. Thank you so much for sharing Christine! What a gorgeous piece with that curved front. Love the inside, sharing at my party today!

  26. This turned out so pretty! I gave the same problem, I don't always check things as well as I should! I am getting better, though...I love the surprise details inside. Great job!


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