I’ve always liked idea of having a secretary. (The desk, not the person. Although, both are nice actually. . . ) They’re classic pieces that give you height, storage, and a little function, without the bulk. I spent part of my weekend giving this one a makeover:
I used glossy black paint and the insides are now a very light gray. I decided to leave the original hardware as is. It’s a little tarnished but I like the contrast against the glossy finish.
I picked up a new piece of glass for it this morning and plan to take it over to my booth later today. I’ll show you more before and after pictures of the entire piece later this week, once I get it all set up and styled there.
In the meantime, Here are a few of my favorite ways to decorate with with a secretary:
1. As a bedroom writing desk.
2. As a family command center/display area in a small spot.
3. In a neutral color, paired with a colorful chair.
4. In lieu of a nightstand.
5. As a focal piece, anchoring a gallery wall.
Sharon Rexroad's Bringing Creativity 2 Life says
I think my favorite secretary is one in Eddie Ross’ professional portfolio: http://www.eddieross.com/photos/test/work20.html
Looking at your inspiration picture #1 and knowing that Eddie now works for BHG, I’m wondering if it’s the same piece, albeit without the doors in the blue version. And if so, which color combo it is now!
I love secretaries! x
Meagan Claire says
Wow! I guess I’ve never seen a secretary with a hutch on it. I recently took in my grandma’ sold, old secretary, and I wonder if it used to,have a companion.
Helena Dias says
I have a mahogany secretary thar we bough from craigslist0. It dates back to the 40s and is in perfect condition. Love it. Can’t wait to see how yours looks and how you styled.
Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door says
A secretary is the next piece on my ‘list’ of furniture. Love your inspiration pictures.
I really want a secretary to use as a vanity. Great photos, thanks for sharing them!
Isaura G says
I’m so glad I read this post. I never realized I was missing the top hutch to my secretary desk.
Lisa W. says
I love my secretary as a nightstand. Word of caution – close it up before you go to bed. I slipped getting out of bed the other day and hit my head on the drop down writing surface. NOT fun!!
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Charlene Greyare says
I just moved into a new house and my beloved secretary will not work in my new living room. After viewing these great ideas I’m going to move it upstairs to the guest room I think it will look great in there. Never would have though if that, thanks!!