Now that we’ve signed for a lease on a brand new flat, my little hoarder mind has gone straight to thinking about furniture. I’ve been collecting furniture since before I left home (I got an antique bed for my 18th birthday) and whilst living in a single bedroom in a shared house. But now we’re moving into an unfurnished place? Hello! I’m trying to be sensible in my choices though and to buy pieces that will be perfect for our flat and have lasting value, rather than just buying things I like.
This last weekend we went to a branch of Emmaus (a charitable second hand furniture place) and I fell in love, hard, with this secretary desk.
We’d gone there looking for a glass fronted cabinet for some of my knick-knacks, and found this, which basically combines a glass fronted cabinet (with adjustable shelves), a desk (with little cubbies and drawers inside that you can’t see) and some office storage. All in one compact little package with cute legs. Hooray!
But let’s be honest. My secretary ain’t so hot right now. I’m going to need do a lot of sanding and painting before this Eliza Doolittle blossoms into My Fair Lady.
It’ll take a while before it even starts, as this lady is currently tucked up in Mr V’s parents’ garage, and even when we get her here she’s going to need to wait till it warms up before I can get sanding outside. Until then, you can keep up with my inspiration on this Pinterest board.
And here are some of my more certain ideas.
I either want to paint it white like this:
Or a very pale grey:
I will definitely be getting new knobs, lining the drawers, and maybe painting the sides if it wouldn’t make the drawers stick:
My nooks and drawers aren’t quite as fancy as these, but I think I’ll be doing this sort of thing with colour (painting the inside of the cabinet and the inside of the desk the same bright colour), I’m thinking jade-ish:
And finally, this is bigger and more modern, but this is sort of how I imagine using it, a nice organised desk and a cabinet full of pretties:
Oh, and just for any other geeks like me, here’s a bit more information about secretary desks from that old faithful Wikipedia: “To those not used to it, the secretary desk looks like a mutant made up of a mix between a commode-dresser, a slant top desk and a book case…. The correct or the most common correct term for the secretary desk described here, is the secretary and bookcase. Unfortunately there is no unanimity on this term, even among specialists. In Europe the same piece of furniture has been called bureau and bookcase and then desk and bookcase. Also, the general public usually calls this kind of desk a secretary, or secretaire. In a taxonomic sense one could sometimes say that all desks which have the capacity to close off the working surface are secretaries, while all others are simply desks, but such a division would be too broad to be useful.”
What’s your latest furniture find? Favourite dresser makeover online? Where’s your desk?
Psst… to see the nook where this will end up, go here.