A secretary makeover.
Another Freecycle find, love folks who want to give me their furniture!
You can bet this piece wasn't this pretty before.
Here it is:
Brown, a little beat up, but otherwise solid wood and in good shape.
You can see once upon a time there was a top piece, would've loved to have that!
And after some elbow grease:
Definitely worth the time and effort.
Here's how I did it:
1. Remove hardware and sand with 120 grit:
3. Paint two coats off white satin finish.
4. Distress 220 grit by hand.
5. For the interior cubbies up top I used two coats BM Harbor Haze matte, one coat satin poly.
6. The knobs are from Target, $4 per knob.
Three kids in tow and I wasn't about to make a special stop at Anthropologie for some 'cool' knobs.
These will do.
PS - They're acrylic, not glass, but you wouldn't know by looking.
6. For the drop down hardware I simply used steel wool to clean it.
Nail the pieces onto scrap wood through the screw holes and using the steel wool scrub, keep scrubbing.
Lots of years of wear on there:
And after, the steel wool 'sands' off all the gunk:
Total cost for makeover: $32 and lots of sanding!
I lined the little drawers up top with a toile fabric:
One last side by side:
Thanks Jen for your great piece, it has found a perfect spot in our home.
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