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Antique Secretaries Make Great Charging Stations

Antique Secretaries Make Great Charging Stations

Last summer I purchase a bunch of furniture to renovate.  My sister had her eye on this secretary, so I told her to go for it.  We loaded it up in her Jeep and off she went to transform it at her house.  I never saw it again until she was finished and I still get over the transformation.  I wish I had a “before” picture so I could show you the difference, but here is the “after”.
I’m so proud of  her transformation!
black secretary 1

 Just look at the fabulous detail! 

black secretary 2

She added the decorative piece on the top and I just think it’s the icing on the cake!

This secretary is refinished in Annie Sloan’s Graphite and accented with Old White.  It’s sealed with  Annie Sloan clear and dark wax which gives it a rich, buttery finish.  You have to see it and feel it in person to really appreciate how nice it is.

black secretary whole closed

This great piece offers a fantastic solution to all the clutter and chargers that end up all over kitchen counters.  I got this idea from my blogging friend Shari from turnstyle vogue DESIGN & STYLING
Shortly after we dropped the secretary off to the store, Shari wrote a post on how she transformed her secretary into a full blown charging station.  This is the beautiful secretary she created to solve this modern day dilemma.

She basically added a power strip through the back then labeled each cord with whose phone, ipod… it goes to.  Brilliant idea!  You’ve gotta check out how Shari organized all her chargers here.   Such a clever solution, or as we say in Hawaii ~ that girl is so akamai!
black secretary 1
Want to organize your chargers, mail, keys?  Our secretary is was (it sold) currently for sale in our space at Not So Shabby Antiques and Fine furniture in downtown Zeeland, MISmile

Do you have a clever solution to kitchen clutter?
*Let me know if there is something you’re looking for that you haven’t seen.  We have a lot of projects in the works as well as some fabulous pieces patiently waiting their turn.  Contact us if you have a piece of furniture you would like painted!

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    • Betsy@ coastal-colors
      Posted at 02:14h, 13 February Reply

      Gorgeous! I just love this! Graphite was a perfect color choice for this! You’re one talented girl!

    • Honey at 2805
      Posted at 14:07h, 13 February Reply

      Great color choice for the transformation of the secretary! It’s beautiful!

    • Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer
      Posted at 15:29h, 13 February Reply

      You always so such a great job with your furniture, really love the color. Your sister’s not to bad either. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best. I am following you though Linky.

    • Shari @
      Posted at 16:01h, 13 February Reply

      Akamai!? I’m so flattered 😉 Thanks. Your secretary is gorgeous. I love the white against the dark. Don’t you just love the graphite paint?

      Have a great day!

      Oh – and I switched my follow to Linky from GFC.

    • Good Time Charlie
      Posted at 17:17h, 13 February Reply

      I love the color, I love the detail. Someone will be lucky to have this in their home, if it isn’t gone already!

    • Laurel@chippingwithcharm
      Posted at 21:56h, 13 February Reply

      Great idea for a charging station! Thanks for your sweet comment…it made my day! I signed up to “Linky Follow” you now too 🙂 Laurel

    • Christa @ Stories of a House
      Posted at 13:47h, 17 February Reply

      Wow, it looks great, and what a clever idea to turn a secretary into a charging station!

    • marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
      Posted at 10:48h, 20 February Reply

      Love your projects. Fantastic colors and patina. Following through Blog hOp. Hugs, Marty

    • Kelly @ Live.Laugh.Rowe
      Posted at 17:30h, 20 February Reply

      Hi Shelly!

      Beautiful piece…

      Thank you so very much for participating in the blog hop! Wishing you much success in your bloggy endeavors. Excited new follower 🙂


    • Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas
      Posted at 05:41h, 22 February Reply

      What a great piece and love how it came out! Wonderful transformation!
      I now will be on the lookout for something like this…


    • Sharon @ mrshinesclass
      Posted at 06:54h, 22 February Reply

      beautiful! love the colors and the inspiration for a charging station….

      Sharon @ mrs. hines class

    • WhyCuzICan
      Posted at 03:50h, 24 February Reply

      Lovely new secretary! Lots of character and the colors are poppin’ off my screen! 🙂
      Thanks for sharing with us 😀

      Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed’s linky party tonight,
      Suzanne in NW Illinois

    • Deana
      Posted at 19:51h, 24 February Reply

      Beautiful!! I love the contrast of the cream handles and the fact that you painted the inside cream too.

      • shellyandrade
        Posted at 01:27h, 25 February Reply

        Thanx! I’ll let my sister know you said that! I thought it turned out cool too!

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