Secretary Desk: Facelift (Surprise!)

So, I bet you would’ve never guessed that I’ve been hiding out in my studio all week, since I’ve been back, working on this vintage, soon to be antique, Secretary’s Desk. When I got it, it was a sight for sore eyes! My neighbor thought that I would enjoy restoring it and fixing it up more than he would, so…I got to work!

I loved the shape of this piece especially. I thought of a dark wood Jacobean desk with shiny gold knobs, I had seen a while back.

Inside there is plenty of built-in storage, aplace to hold papers, letters, books, a envelopes. For a stationery lover or a writer, this would be a dream!

I almost put shiny gold knobs here, but when I came across these brass pulls, I changed my mind. I had to include this photo because of the blue light in the background. I buffed and shined the surface of the wood with Howards Feed in Wax. It is a natural way of sealing wood and does not emit any harsh fumes. The wax simply penetrates the grain of the wood and hardens. Then, the surface can be polished to a high shine! I prefer this method of finishing wood these days.

Overall, the color of the desk is dark, rich, and stately; but in direct sunlight the stain becomes warm allowing the wood grain to stand out.

Why don’t they make more beautiful carved wooden furniture these days?

I would buy it;)

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7 Responses to Secretary Desk: Facelift (Surprise!)

  1. Allie says:

    What a transformation! You’d have made the original craftsmen proud!

  2. alison says:

    wow, you certainly did an amazing job with it! i love when someone sees the potential beauty in an old piece of furniture.
    xox alison

  3. Sharon says:

    Wow, the result is beautiful, very elegant and nice! very good job!

  4. love it and love even more that you took the time to restore it…

  5. Hilary says:

    Thanks, I actually just sold it to a family in Oakland. So proud!

  6. MCA says:

    Hi, can you tell me what kind of paint you used (brand/color)? You did a super job! I want to but an old dresser, and make it looks very similar to what you did with this desk. Thank you! 🙂

  7. Hilary says:

    Thank you! I used Minwax Jacobean which is a very dark stain. Another alternative would be the dark walnut by Varathane. I would love to see pictures of your project, when you finish.

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