So remember back when I posted about buying an old wooden secretary desk from a charity shop? And how I was going to paint her to get rid of that nasty wood? I even pinned a whole load of ideas, pretty much all painted.
The desk spent a few months sat in Mr V’s parents’ garage (where the top half still is) until a few weekends ago. A funny thing happened when we moved it into the flat and gave it a bit of a polish… I realised I love it exactly as it is.
(Although I still need to change the hardware.)
I still have plans for the cabinet part once it arrives. I bought some magnetic primer and then I’m going to put a lick of duck egg blue paint over the top. Magnetic primer might seem like a weird choice for inside the cabinet… but I thought it would be a nice way to display postcards and other little things quickly and easily. We’ll see – I’ll probably change my mind when that comes too!
I’m already loving using all the little nooks and crannies. Things keep moving around but for now I have diaries and notebooks in the left hand cubbies. The big middle nooks I keep my ipad and macbook in. The empty one on the right is for my camera and the far right one is full of cards ready to send to people (one of the main reasons I wanted a desk was to do more letter writing).
The drawers are my favourite! On the left I have assorted stationery and on the right I have thank you cards, notelets, stamps and my fountain pen.
Other than changing the hardware and painting the inside of the cabinet (once we save it from the garage!) I also plan to drill holes in the back of the nooks so I can have my chargers come through form the back. I may also paint the nooks and the insides of the drawers. At the moment I use a folding chair when I sit at it but I’m wondering about a handsome stool or other chair that I could stash in the window nook.
It’s a long time since I had a useable desk. It’s so nice to have a little zone to blog, to write, to sort things out.
I may yet change my mind and paint it but I just want to live with it a while and see how I feel about it in a few months.