Before and After Secretary: Robin Egg Blue and Crystal Knobs

This client order is done. Nearly.

Secretary Before and After

These two little pieces below are missing from one hinge. Two important little pieces. One isn’t any good without the other and we’re waiting on the insert (should arrive tomorrow) to replace the screw that the last person stripped when they refinished this beast. We didn’t think these two teeny parts would be so difficult to get our hands on but live and learn.

Whodathunk that this screw and insert would be such a problem?

Speaking of it being a beast, it’s over 100 lbs. which is why it doesn’t have a proper setting for its reveal photo. That’s one thing about the house-there will be a designated area that isn’t on the 3rd floor of a building for photo shoots.

Crystal knobs

The robin egg blue antique secretary is on its way, first to Cedar Rapids where we’ll meet our clients then on to its final home in St. Louis. In time for the holidays and in time for our move the following weekend to the house.

"The Persuader" aka deadblow hammer...very handy.
Tap tap tappy
Greg is better with meticulous work like this than I am so he had the long job of removing the tape...without much light. Have I mentioned how excited we are to soon have power in our new garage?

By the way, we’ve decided to keep our closing date on the house for the 15th. While it would have been nice to get in early, it would be a major pain to change our schedule to accommodate and well, it’s extra money to spend around an already spendy holidays.

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7 Responses to Before and After Secretary: Robin Egg Blue and Crystal Knobs

  1. Peggy Bard says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

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  3. Kristen says:

    Hello! I found your blog through a flickr group. I love the way this turned out; Robin’s Egg Blue is a favorite of mine. What type of paint did you use? I’ve always wondered about this. I was told in the past to use regular latex house paint, but it doesn’t seem to dry well and doesn’t hold up to wear in my opinion. I always thought enamel would work better, unless I’m missing some crucial step with the latex to make it work.

    • Annie says:

      Awesome-welcome! We used Behr’s satin latex paint in aqua spray. We typically prefer enamel for durability but we lack a place to clean up oil-based solvents (until we get the house in a week). Greg and I add a product called Floetrol which makes the paint easier to apply and helps eliminate brush strokes. Each of our pieces are allowed at least 12 hours if not 24 hours between coats for dry time. A few coats of poly or wax always go on them too which helps with the wear and tear. That is also given a lot of curing time-24 to 48 hours between coats. But if the piece is going to have a lot of wear, we’d go for an enamel oil-based paint. That being said, they tend to yellow over time. Annie Sloan’s chalk paint is great also with ease of use and durability. Hope this helps!

      • Kristen says:

        Hey, thanks for the thorough & prompt reply! I can’t wait to try out your tips the next time I find a great piece of furniture. My mom was always doing it when I was younger but I never fully appreciated her passion until I was older.

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