This is another example of "poor man's oak" finish. This delicate secretary desk is made from a variety of woods but was finished with a painted oak finish for a uniform look.
The hardware had to be replaced as it wasn't giving any support when the front was lowered to use as a desk.
Sanding, sanding and more sanding!
I painted the details of the secretary in a dark blue knowing that the darker colour would "show through" with a light sanding.
The hardware has been replaced including the side hinge, lock and key. I purchased the lock and key from a vintage hardware supplier. It really is an exact duplicate of the original lock and key. It does look original to the desk.
I softly distressed the overlay
The front of drawer was just too bland, so we added a wooden overlay.
It really pops with the dark blue undercoat.
The desk is 52 1/2 inches tall with a width of 30 1/4 inches . It is 10 1/2 inches wide from back to front. I did paint the letterbox white but have not reinstalled.
I wish I could find more of these dressers. They are fun to paint and never stay in the studio for a very long time. I just love the pink and black combination. I really should look into buying some blue paint; pink really is gender specific.
This is a before photo. As you can see, I had already started sanding when I remembered to TAKE A BEFORE PICTURE!
Pretty isn't it?
The minute I see those extra design details I start thinking about using more than one colour. I sand the hardware prior to painting and run it through the dishwasher to be extra sure the spray paint will adhere.
I use wallpaper as a drawer liner.
The secret to a smooth finish is sanding, sanding & more sanding.
I found some fabric for this vintage vanity's bench.
It has the soft green/blue from the vanity and some pink to match the handles. I little bit funky and fun.
The last photo shows a "truer" colour.
I haven't finished this little vanity yet but thought I would post a picture of it. I think that it is sooo cute. I have one more coat of varathane to apply and have to find material for the bench. I am in search of a vintage style fabric...
I painted this vanity ages ago and just didn't like it. It is a warm white, that I shaded with brown stain for an antique look. I have always loved the brass/pink handles.
I am painting a cupboard with this vintage green mint and looked over my shoulder at this vanity and thought......
It looks wonderful. I cannot wait to find the perfect material for the bench. The search is on.