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!
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 Just look at the fabulous detail! 

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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.

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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!
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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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    14 Replies to “Antique Secretaries Make Great Charging Stations”

    1. 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

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