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My Secretary

I have kind of a “thing” for secretaries.

I mean, who wouldn’t want something lovely sitting there keeping you all organized and efficient?

I’m talking about furniture secretaries of course.

They are just so practical.   I love the idea of two pieces of furniture in one spot (must come from years of living in tiny apartments in New York) so when I came across this baby on Craig’s List I couldn’t resist.

With the flip up top and the slide out desk I was totally smitten.  OK, as we say in LA “she needed some work done”  some fillers, a little lift here, a tuck there but that bone structure!

First up was a good cleaning with TSP – man that thing was grimy.

Next up patching and filling with my friend Bondo (if you missed the tutorial) and some spackle.

And then, a lot of sanding (and cutting a small round hole in the back for computer wires).  After a coat of primer I decided to go with a two-tone paint scheme and I outlined the slide out desktop, added some glass knobs and…

Now, confession, I have a thing for Secretaries but don’t actually own one.  I keep finding them, loving them, fixing them up and then they sell super-fast (I guess you could say that, like Don Drapper, I go through secretaries quickly).  This one went out the door almost immediately.

Ah well, I will find another one.

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About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

9 responses »

  1. It’s lovely. It doesn’t even look like the same piece of furniture! Love the blue interior and the knobs. Wonderful job staging, too!

    • Thanks very much! And coming from you the staging compliment is a true compliment. I’m not sure what the future hold though since that blue wall is going away (the blue part not the wall part)….I’ll have to change my furniture color palette.

  2. It turned out great!! So talented! Loved the post too…

  3. Gorgeous!!!!! The blue accents and inside is perfectly lovely!!!

  4. love the colors and this kind of secretary! Where do you sell your projects? Such great finds – lucky you! Lots of hard work but so lovely to look at!

    • Thank you very much! At the moment I sell my furniture at the Rose Bowl Market in Pasadena – though I’m always looking for other outlets as my house is getting a bit over-run….

  5. Jenniffer Dorsett

    I can see why it was quickly snatched up!

  6. What a sweet piece! It looks 100% improved from the before picture!

  7. I’ve been looking for a secretary FOREVER! Can never seem to find one with good bones for the right price. Yours looks absolutely fantastic, and I love your hardware choice!


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