My Personal Secretary...

Most moms feel that they need a personal secretary to help with busy schedules, paperwork, and to keep the household running smoothly.  Well, I finally have one...

{Okay, so maybe I was kind of misleading!}

I had been wanting a secretary for the kitchen/morning room, ever since I saw the one in Andrea's kitchen (Oak Ridge Revival).  Our only computer is in the study, which is in the front of our house, away from the kitchen & family room.  Because of this, my daughter gets away with sneaking lots of food & making huge messes while I am busy keeping up on my blogging! 

{Case in Point...That would be her polishing off her 6th popsicle!}

I thought this spot in the morning room, which is opened to both the kitchen & family room, would be a great place to compromise keeping up with my blogging & my kids!  It will also make a great spot for meal planning & couponing.

Anyway, the secretary had some minor imperfections, & I knew I didn't want to take on stripping & staining this piece because of all the details.  I decided to paint it instead.  Here's what I came up with:

I decided to paint it a cream color on the outside & a light green inside the display cabinet.  Then, I wiped it with stain to tone down the cream & give it an aged look.

Here is a picture of the inside.  On the top shelf I placed a wedding picture, plate from Hobby Lobby, & my newest piece of pottery, a pinch pot my son made in art class (my new favorite!).  Below that, I placed a silver tray from Dollar Tree, crystal bowl with flowers, & a framed letter.  On the bottom shelf I placed a basket (okay, I'll admit, I was running out of extra accessories at this point!) & one of my grandmother's dessert plates.

Now I just need to get a laptop to make it functional!  (That may be a while though!)

Have a great weekend!


I'll be linking to these parties:

Show & Share Day at Just A Girl
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Simply Creations Friday at Simple Home Life
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence


  1. Oooohhhh what a FABULOUS piece; your transformation is amazing! (LOVED the pic of your daughter-the-popsicle-princess!)

  2. I've been looking for a secretary too but haven't found one for the right $$$ yet. Your transformation is great, I love the addition of the green to offset the cream color. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Looks fantastic and so different! I love the color of the paint on the inside of the cabinet! Hope you get a laptop soon!
    P.S. you might want to turn off your word verification so more people will comment. (some won't leave a comment if the word verification is on.) :)

  4. It looks great with the paint job! I have one I want to do...

  5. This looks beautiful ... fabulous job! I love how you painted the inside green, too! *Becca* (your newest follower)

  6. I just love it Wendy! You did such a great job and you are totally making me want to paint the antique secretary my mom gave me...if only I knew she wouldn't have a stroke over it! :-) Thanks so much for linking up this week to Inspiration Friday!

  7. That is a great secretary. I really want one too. That looks really good in those colors. Thanks for joining WUW.

  8. that looks so great! i do love the sagey green on the inside. looks good m'dear...looks very very good :)

  9. Love it- the paint looks wonderful and it's perfect in your spot. Sharing this at the party tonight. Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

  10. wendy, it is gor-GEOUS!!! I've seen tons of secretaries on Craigs List, but never one as pretty as that. And I love the chicken wire too. Did you ever think about painting those front portions inside the pretty cut-outs the same green? I bet that would look great too. But it's perfect this way too.
    Have a great weekend!

  11. Oh my name. Way to go on that project!!! Perfectly done. Did you get it for a steal? Even if you didn't, well worth it! Great job!

  12. Hey, I did this same color scheme to my secretary and I just love it so not doubt that I love yours. Hopefully you will get a laptop soon.



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