Upcycling vintage furniture is one of my favourite things to do! I does take some time and patience but it also really calms me down and working with my hands is such a nice alternative from working on the computer… I also love to see the transformation that these vintage pieces make and the idea of giving them a second life makes me happy! There’s so much good stuff out there, why not recycle it?!
For Biano I wrote a blog about this vintage makeover. I mostly only show you the result, not the process. This time I thought it would be nice to show you how I work and maybe inspire you to do something similar! I found this secretary while thrifting, it was a bit damaged so I wasn’t sure what to do with it. But it was too good not to take it home with me! After a while, I decided painting it would be the best option. But painting the whole thing would be a waste because that vintage look would be gone…
That’s why I decided to paint only the damaged part of the secretary in a peachy pink (subtle red by Flexa). First I filled up the holes with a wood filler, removed the doors and then I sanded the part that I wanted to paint. After cleaning the secretary, I used tape to protect the parts that I didn’t want to paint. Preparation really is half of the work!
Now it was time for the part I like the most, painting! Off course I started with a primer and after it was completely dry, I sanded it once more. Now finally I could add some pink to this piece! I used two layers of paint, removed the tape and left it to dry for a night.
After putting back the doors I could finally see the result and I liked it a lot! I think it’s vintage with a twist… I had some fun styling the upcycled secretary and created a little home office. I already saw myself working here but I quickly had to forget about it because this one was going into the shop! In the meantime, this secretary is sold to the sister of a close friend and I’m sure she will take good care of it! It’s a good thing the attic is full of items that need some upcycling so I won’t be bored very soon…
Photography: Marij Hessel
5 replies on “Vintage Makeover”
Possibly the prettiest piece of furniture I have ever seen. I love what you did with it and how respectfully you kept its style while fixing the scuffs and marks. Very lovely!!
Very decent. Did not mess too much with it to keep it elegant.
Gebruik je hier speciale lak/verf voor? 🙂
Nee hoor, gewone houtlak (wel van Flexa :)!