Thursday, September 6, 2012

Vintage Phone Secretary

But here's my number...
...so call me maybe.  Ha!  I couldn't resist. No this funky little secretary was not inspired by that song, but more like this cute vintage telephone I picked up at the Raleigh flea market a few weeks back...


I bought it to go in my black and white vintage office/craft space, but it ended up inspiring this funky secretary redo...
I picked up this secretary on a trip to the Outer Banks a few weeks back.  Those of you who follow my facebook page, may remember how I came across a good deal so I just had to cram it in the back of our Corolla.  Where there is a will, there is a way! 
The secretary looks like it's in beautiful condition here and the drawers had pretty wood, but the top had cracking veneer and the inside was a mess so it ended up getting painted.
Painting all those little compartments wasn't too fun, but the color (ASCP Provence) cleaned and brightened it up...
I added some chalkboard details for the drawer fronts and a place for messages, notes...and yes, that little message was inspired by that cute little song that my girls love to dance around to!
 The outside of the secretary was painted in ASCP Graphite (love that color) with Provence painted drawer pulls, custom hand-painted phone graphic on the front and sealed with clear wax. 
It's nice to mix it up and paint some fun pieces every now and then.  By the way...I've finally found a place to sell my furniture and other goods here in Raleigh...more on that to come!

Kristen




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31 comments:

Andrea said...

so cute! I love it! I have almost the identical secretary, but it is just wood, and a bit boring now that I've seen yours lol. My 8 and 5 year old girls love that song too. Now I'll be singing it all day long haha.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Kristen...that phone secretary cannot get any cuter!!!...Oh I love it!!...You are so very creative...love the colors and great idea to paint the drawers with the chalk paint....Congrats on getting a place in Raleigh...you know I will be there!!!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Im seriously watching Carly Rae singing Call Me Maybe on Ellen as I read your post lol. The secretary is so fun!!

suzyq said...

What an awesome makeover - and love how you accessorized it!!!

Suzy said...

Kristen, you are so talented and have a vision like none other! This is absolutely adorable!!! I'm looking forward to hearing all about your place in Raleigh. Exciting for you, I know!

Suzy said...

Kristen, you are so talented and have a vision like none other! This is absolutely adorable!!! Looking forward to hearing all about your place in Raleigh. So exciting for you, I know!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Just FABULOUS!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i adore this! i am about to get a similar piece and you are giving me fun ideas!

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

The secretary turned out too cute. Love the color that you picked and also the chalkboard details really give it character.

Hollie Joy In The Morning said...

Love it girl!! Your work as usual is perfect, and so creative..and fun=)...Loving and wanting the chevron black and white rug too...might you tell me where you got it?..
Love your putting the desk in your car story...sooo like me!=)
Love to you and yours,
Hollie

Jenny S said...

Beautiful!! Can't wait for your new space!! We are so excited!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So cute!! Thank you so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Pamela said...

This table turned out super super cute!!

Donna Wilkes said...

That is one quirky, fantastic secretary! You were definitely inspired to be super-creative. Love this piece, but despise that "Call me maybe" is now rolling around in my brain!

Distressed Donna Down Home

~ Liz ~ said...

Amazing paint job! Love the designs and the fun you had with it. The colors are a nice change of pace, too! I'm your new follower. Hope you'll stop over for a visit at Quirky Vistas and follow as well if you like!
Liz

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

It turned out so cute. I love the hand painted graphic.

Dee

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Unfreakin' beautiful, amazing paint job, love the telephone, great color. I can't say enough about how much I love this. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

andrea@townandprairie said...

Modern and crafty, this makeover has the wow factor! The graphic is really appealling and sucked me right in! SO cute!

Kimberly said...

I love this.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

This is such a fun & clever piece of furniture! The phone graphic that you painted on it looks great (and whimsical!), and the chalkboard on the inside of the pull-down is a fantastic idea. And the inside painted turquoise.... love!

Beja {Howdy-Honey.com} said...

I absolutely love the colors and the phone! Totally creative and pretty!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

CUTE! so original and I love the colors you chose for it. Great work!

Bettsi McComb said...

So cute! Had to pin it!

Sherry said...

Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Jen said...

I just saw this on Shabby Nest. I absolutely love it! The phone is cute enough, but the desk is totally fantastic. Great job!

roamingrooms said...

This is the coolest thing EVER. Love ASCP and I'm so impressed with your handpainting too!

Good Time Charlie said...

This is so adorable!! I have a secretary in my garage that I have not been sure what to do with, I am so inspired by your project. Pinning this one! Visiting from Frugal Friday.

PS I would love if you had the time to stop by Redoux and link up. Party is open until midnight this Sunday. Thanks! -K

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Congrats - your gorgeous Vintage Phone Secretary has been featured on Sunday's Best today! Come grab a feature button - you deserve it!

Kathy Moody said...

Your desk is absolutely amazing! Oh, how I love it. Congrats on your feature at Sunday's Best. Your newest follower. Can't wait to see more. :)

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Hi Kristen: Congratulations on being featured at My 1929 Charmer! I adore old telephones, so I love your secretary redo--it's lovely!

Shabby Gr8 Dane said...

I am totally in love. My dad worked for "Ma Bell" and we had antique, vintage and unique phones decorating our house, even a phone booth with a pay phone sat in one corner of our family room. This desk would have fit right in my parent's decor. Thank you so much for sharing.

Sherrie

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