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.