Painted Lady {Inspiration for the Secretary}

Monday already?  We had a busy weekend around here and I continued to press on with my Ugly Duckling dining room projects… slowly.  Lots of interruptions and a few stops and starts, but slow and steady wins the race!  I’ll be so excited to share the reveal here next Monday!

The light fixture is hung.  The mirror is in place.  But the biggest project I tackled was painting my aunt’s secretary.

Here she is before… it’s been the home for my crystal stemware for years (and a lot of other *stuff* as I found when I cleaned out the drawer!), but she’s totally not living up to her potential.  I’ve wanted to paint her for quite some time, but I get paralyzed by the possibilities…

Like these…


Source: via Heidi on Pinterest


So you’ve probably guessed that I’m looking to go gray, but gray with depth. It would also be safe to say there may or may not be silver involved.  There are a lot of nooks and crannies on the inside of this piece, so it’s kind of slow going!

And my vision continues to evolve as I paint. Does that ever happen to you?

Onward! Happy Monday, friends…

Pin It© Copyright 2012 Heidi, All rights Reserved. Written For: Decor & More


  1. pretty inspiration pics! cant’ wait to see it!
    cassie recently posted..Monday Giveaway from Home for HireMy Profile

  2. Every project I do evolves as I go ;). That is one gorgeous piece. Cannot wait to see it made over. Happy Monday friend!

  3. That ALWAYS happens to me, I don’t ever really have an end goal … I have ideas of what I want pieces to fit in with and they just develop as I go … sometimes the evolution seems to take forever to get to the end point. LOL I’m sure she will be awesome!!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog recently posted..restoring {old wood} scrape, strip and sandMy Profile

  4. I know exactly what you mean, and sometimes those ideas are the best ones! I’m loving the grays and silvers! I can’t wait to see it!
    Whitney @ drab to fab design recently posted..Blog bullying.My Profile

  5. Heidi…whatever color you choose or treatment, I know it will be gorgeous..Your projects always have a great result….Happy painting!
    shirley@housepitalitydesigns recently posted..My hubby’s favorite room..{The Bonus Room, aka The Man Cave}My Profile

  6. It’s so pretty already, but gray will be perfect!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way recently posted..Lamp Hack: How to Make Any Lamp CordlessMy Profile

  7. I love those vintage things! truly a treasure!
    It would turn out great with those silver touchings.!

  8. She’s got a gorgeous figure – a gray dress is just the ticket for that gal!
    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage recently posted..Cream, Sugar, or Me? Creative Bathroom StorageMy Profile

  9. That secretary is gorgeous and your inspiration photos have me anxious to see the transformation! I popped over from Elizabeth’s blog! 🙂
    Pam @ Simple Details recently posted..oversized statements…My Profile

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge