This vintage secretary found a perfect place in our home. We have a very bare wall between our front door and the large picture window in our living room that I haven’t been able to figure out what to do with. While I was finishing up this piece I started envisioning it there and just knew it would work. I’m so happy it did. It is the perfect addition to our living room!
This secretary has been sitting in my basement since I picked it up from an estate sale this past summer. I was out garage sale-ing with my 2-year-old daughter that day and happened to see the estate sale sign while we were out. I wasn’t expecting to buy any furniture since I was just driving our little compact car, but I found this piece and the price was perfect. I just had to have it. So, I paid for it and asked them to hold it for me while I ran home to make arrangements to pick it up. They were fine with that, since my house was just a couple miles away. I hopped back in the car and drove the short distance home, woke up my hubby, and asked him to please hook up the trailer to the car because I needed him to help me get this piece of furniture home. It’s a good thing he loves me so much and was willing to help me!
The secretary sat and sat in our basement as I bought more furniture pieces and kind of forgot about it. Then the other day, I was starting to feel a bit claustrophobic in my packed basement and turned to this piece and thought I should probably get started on it.
I loved the lines on this piece when I first saw it, but those metal grates someone had put in the “windows” were not my fave! When I was first looking at the piece at the estate sale, the woman showed me the original pieces that the grates had replaced.
Once I saw them, I really knew I had to have it! The design is so pretty. They look like old church windows. I don’t know why anyone would have replaced these pretty things with those terrible grates!I debated sanding them down and restaining them because they are a tad bit tattered, but in the end I really loved how they looked old and worn and how that fit in perfectly with how I repainted the piece.
Check out this little gem I found on the small drawer while I was painting. Apparently the secretary was originally finished on June 1st, 1944 and was priced at $25.00. I love finding little snapshots in history like that.
I found these vintage wooden carpenters’ rulers at an antique shop while out and about with my husband a few weekends ago. They were a great price, so I snatched them up knowing I could find somewhere in my house to use them! Funny thing is, when I picked them up my husband said “oh, I think we have some of those in the barn” – meaning his parents’ pole barn. And then when we got to his parents’ house later that day, his dad said the same thing! So I may be adding to my new collection of vintage carpenters’ rulers…if we ever find the additional ones in the barn!
When I was searching the house for items to put on the secretary display shelves, I found my sheep in the basement looking all lonely. We got them on our honeymoon in Martha’s Vineyard, but I hadn’t been able to find a good place for them in this house yet. This is the perfect place for them where I can see them everyday. They are just the cutest little sheep family, aren’t they?
And if you have a keen eye, you may have noticed Marian Parson’s (Miss Mustard Seed) new book “Inspired You” sitting on the desk of the secretary. I got the book for Christmas and have really enjoyed reading it. So much so that I will be giving away a copy on my blog soon, so stay tuned for details on that coming up!
Thanks for visiting today! I just want to take a second and say thank you to each and every one of you who read my posts. I really enjoy this journey I’m on and am so glad I get to share it with you all!