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a little overdue project

Since moving my work area to the tiny space between the kitchen and living room (my former workspace was a room at the back of my house that I think was built over a deck and not insulated and I refuse to work in there in the winter), I've been using an antique secretary desk I've had kicking around for a few years since it's compact. At some point someone painted it a mint green, and then rubbed a yellow stain all over it. Really bad faux finishing job. I couldn't take it anymore, so I finally got around to painting it. Here are some before photos:

As I have an affinity for flat black paint, that was of course what I painted it. But I gave it a little twist, and painted the bottom half of the legs in glossy black. I'm very happy with the results - but anything would have been an improvement. (Pay no attention to the curtain in the window - I have another project in mind for that).

Reader Comments (16)

That looks amazing! What a great idea (flat/glossy).

18 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

NICE! I love how the glossy paint goes half-way.

18 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCata

That is a charmer, for certain. Lovely work, Kim. xSparky

18 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

Thanks y'all!

18 Aug 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

I'm joining the chorus......... so creative with the flat and glossy
combo. It looks more then great........ FABULOUS MY DEAR!
Dolores in Chicago

19 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDolores

Thanks Dolores!!

19 Aug 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

Guau!!!!!! Espectacular!

20 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusanna

Niiiiice. So handsome! Love the glossy legs. Even the black cat seems wowed. :)

20 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAMR

Thanks Susanna!
@AMR - Thx! And yes, Mimin is a fan. :)

20 Aug 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

Beautiful! And I admire your restraint with the glossy paint. It really makes it!

21 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRegina

Thanks Regina!

21 Aug 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

I believe that type of desk is often called a "spinnet" desk (after the keyboard instrument). I have one, too, although not as ornate, nor as beautiful as your repainted version. I plan on selling mine if I ever get around to having a garage sale in God-forsaken Kanata!

22 Aug 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNora

@Nora - good to know. (LOL - 'god-forsaken' Kanata is right!)

22 Aug 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

First time visiting your web site and loving it! I am an interior designer and it's people like you that keep us alive. I love your piece ... cant wait to see what you do with the curtain...

26 Aug 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

oh wow!!!! that is cute. man i need that. i love the flat black with the gloss black legs. ingenious. i am loving all the furniture legs that look like they are dipped in florescent....but this is so much more sophisticated! insanely jealous here.....would look so great in my apartment.

6 Sep 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpeggy

peggy, funny you should say that - i was going to do the lower half of the leg in fluro pink but I couldn't find my can of the stuff so I went with gloss black.

7 Sep 2013 | Registered CommenterKiM

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