Last week I mentioned that we were hoping to score a great deal on craigslist. It all happened while I was browsing for nothing in particular. We had just sold the buffet piece we recently refinished and I was on the lookout for the next project. My favorite categories to browse for furniture are “Furniture by Owner” and “Antiques” because a lot of people post interchangeably in those two places. I was just casually looking while on the phone doing 100 hundred other things.
I found a beautiful secretary at an unbeatable price and jumped on the opportunity. I emailed the seller and held my breath that we’d be one of the first ones that would contact her. She called me back almost immediately and I asked her a few questions. After chatting with her for a few minutes I learned that her and her husband were remodeling their house and looking for a change of decor. She loved the piece but was looking for a fresh start so she was selling off some of her old pieces.
I asked if she would be willing to wait until that evening (I needed Bryan to get home from work so we could go look at it together). She was OK with that so I set up a time to meet that night at 7:30.
When I saw the posting I originally intended to fix it up and resell it. I thought that if the finish wasn’t that great I could paint it kind of like this piece. But when we got there the piece was even more beautiful in person than in the listing. I think it’s too nice as is to paint it. The finish and color are just beautiful.
The secretary comes apart in 2 pieces and there are a few scratches on the top from where the piece has been slid on and off over the years. They scratches are mostly hidden. I have a few ideas on how to fix it without refinishing the whole piece but I may just leave it since they’re not that noticeable.
When we got it home I couldn’t resist adding some pretty stuff to the top shelves. I’m really loving how it looks in the room and the height is right. That wall needed a nice tall piece to help balance it out visually. I still need to take a few pictures of it in the whole room. But since the living room is a disaster of toys right now that will have to wait for another day.
I have to giggle because I put the decanters and Jack Daniels in the secretary for no other reason than I thought they looked pretty. It’s rather convenient though, have a hard day at work? why not know back a few? Haha, I’m kidding..sort of.
It’s so pretty I may just end up keeping this piece for myself.