Monday, November 25, 2013

A Secretary Comes Out Of Retirement...

Oh, the life of a secretary.  Just when you think your job is done, somebody calls you back and puts you to work.  Case in point: today's furniture flip, this secretary desk.  

Today we are traveling to the north of England and checking in with Vikki of Veelou.  You might recall we met her a few months ago when we featured her fantastic telephone table makeover.

Recently a lady messaged Vikki on her Veelou Facebook page asking for a certain size dresser.  A week later Vikki managed to find this piece that had been living in an outbuilding on a farm for the past nine years.  The owner had been hanging onto a lot of old furniture and finally was ready to let it go.  Vikki took the secretary and painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  Then she did a bit of distressing to it and applied a dark wax for an aged effect.  The desk lid needed some restoring.  The hinges had disintegrated, all the drawers had swollen and there was no key.  Luckily, Vikki was able to replace the key.  A bit of sanding and polishing solved the drawer issues.  

Let's take a look at this once again gorgeous piece of furniture...

And a few close-ups of all the details...
I love the dark hardware against the white.  Plus, see how the details really stand out with the application of the dark wax?  

Shortly after the secretary desk was in it's new home, Vikki received pictures and a note from it's proud new owner saying, "Love my dresser... thank you so much..a true piece to be treasured. Thank you." 
Her client had requested a certain size and this one certainly fits the space perfectly.  There it is in it's new home.  I think I can speak for all of us who makeover furniture when I say it is so rewarding to see our work in it's new setting being loved and used again.

You can see more of Vikki's work by visiting her Veelou website.  There you can see the items she currently has for sale and view some of her past sold items, too.  You can also follow along with her on her Veelou Facebook page.  Head on over and let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.

Thanks so much Vikki for sharing your remarkable furniture flip!  

If you, dear reader, have a furniture flip you'd like to share, please email me at .  Send in your before/after pictures and details.  The more details the better.  I look forward to featuring you!

~ Stephanie


  1. Bee-U-tiful. I love it. I love the black against the white and especially on the glass.

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