IN CASE YOU MISSED IT | “SWEDISH” SECRETARY DESK

In case you missed it, check out this secretary painted with a custom color by Marian! green line

Sometimes I need to spend a little time with a piece before I know how I want to “mustard-ize” it.  Other times, inspiration hits me immediately and I can’t wait to get to work on it.  My furniture does not get the first-come-first-serve treatment.  So, even with a bunch of other pieces that have been “in line” longer, I set to work on this desk that I had just acquired from Craig’s List.

desk before | miss mustard seed

Just the night before I got it, I had been trolling Pinterest and came across some beautiful antique Swedish desks that were painting in various shades of bluish greens.  So, when I saw this secretary in person, I knew it wanted to look like one of those Swedish desks.

So, I painted it in a custom-mixed color – one part Kitchen Scale to two parts Shutter Gray, both from the MMSMP line.  When finished with Hemp Oil, it became the greenish blue I envisioned.

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

I painted the interior in Mora, which was a nice compliment.

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

I’m a little in love with this desk and everything I used for the photo shoot.  I just wanted to take it all home!

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

I will admit that painting the cubbies was a pain.  I had to take off the back of the secretary and remove them, so I could get everything painted properly.  Trust me on this, it’s much better to take the time to take the piece apart than to try to wedge a brush in those cubbies!  With the back and cubbies removed, I was able to get the cubbies, behind, under and around them painted, so it looks sharp.

cast iron bunnies | miss mustard seed

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"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

This desk has some pretty cool gears that move the supports out when the desk is open.  I didn’t want to deal with painting the sides of the supports, since they slide in and out of their recesses, so I just painted the ends.  (I need to try to find a little brass knob to replace the missing one…)

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

I thought the legs on this desk were so pretty and a little unexpected.  The hardware and wood tone speak more to a Queen Anne style, but the legs aren’t cabriole.  They are straight, with a turned, almost cannonball detail.  I really liked that.

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

I reused the brass handles, knobs and keyhole cover, because they seem to suit the piece.

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

cast iron bunnies | miss mustard seed

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This was one of those fun shoots when everything came together just as I planned it out in my head.

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

"swedish" blue desk | miss mustard seed

The desk (along with most of the other things in the photo shoot) will be available for sale at the Lucketts Spring Market, May 15-17, 2015.  It’s priced at $285.

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