Color Therapy: Corinna's Updated Secretary

Color Therapy: Corinna's Updated Secretary

Aaron Able
Jun 24, 2010

NAME: Corinna
LOCATION: Ballard — Seattle, Washington
PAINT USED: Dutch Boy | Tiramisu & Election Blues — both $2 mis-mixes!

This secretary has been in my family for 30 years — thus the hilarious yellow color. Needless to say, it didn't match our robin's egg, ivory, and black bedroom decor! I finally got the guts (after 9 months) to match the colors, and lucked out with 2 cans of $2 mis-mix paint that fit perfectly! I finished it off with hardware from Anthropologie, but I didn't have the guts to remove the original locking hardware. Does anyone have any advice on where to get new locks for the door and fold out desk — the brass doesn't match my silver hardware!

This project was NOT without its bumps. I have never painted furniture, but taping off — even sanding every single piece — was the easy part.

Even though the paint cans had handles, somehow, the can slipped right out of my hand! I had laid paper, but it was no match for the spray, which got all over my legs, the concrete porch, the wall. A word of advice — know the clean-up protocol for a paint before you start with your project, and be ready for mistakes! I should have cleaned it up immediately with soap and water, but I was a total dope and didn't know that!

In the end, the outcome was worth it. I look forward to showing this bad boy off!

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