Secretarial Update

Secretarial Update

Back in January, I asked for your secretarial advice for this piece I had refinished a few years ago. I recieved some great ideas and welcomed your input. Thanks so much!

To start, I made painting the insert divider part of my 10 in 10 challenge. It had been waiting patiently in the garage for a very long time. Although a simple makeover with white paint, it took me a while to finish. I think it is made out of chipboard, and although I sanded and primed first, I was unable to smooth out the textured surface. Spray paint didn’t work as well as latex paint. When I didn’t get the results I wanted, I kept experimenting with different types of paint including craft paint. I lost count of how many layers in all but I am guessing there are at least 8 layers of paint.


Next I painted the brass knobs I had removed from another piece and spray painted them white and added a plastic gem for a little pizazz and sparkle.

As for the upper section, I looked and looked for fabric that would brighten it up and came up empty handed. So what’s a DIY girl to do when she can’t find the fabric of her dreams? She defaults to drop cloths of course, especially since they are always on hand. I cut out cardboard sections to fit the back, punched holes for the tufting, layered it with batting, wrapped the drop cloth around it and taped it in the back.

Although I own a ton of buttons, I couldn’t find any that were suitable and in the quantity that I needed so I decided to use fasteners instead. I sanded and spray painted the fasteners, punched them through the holes and secured them in the back, creating a faux tufted design.

I am happy with the results and like the fact that it can easily be changed when I want a new look. Thanks again to everyone who offered their creative input. What do you think?

Linking this post to:

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