A Stylish Transformation

At a recent estate sale, we ran across this beauty. I was literally panting, hoping the seller just wanted to get rid of it. When we said, “$20?”, she shook her head up and down “yes”.  I smiled so big inside!  I couldn’t wait to get home and get started on this mint green treasure.

It had Anthropologie knobs on it that did it no justice.  Inside, it had a removeable mini-hutch.  The Lincoln secretary had been painted many different colors, including gray, black, red, brown and mint green.  It wasn’t going to be a good piece to distress becuase we didn’t want those other colors melting through after the sander hit it.

We settled on painting it all black, but giving it a pop of color by spray painting the mini-hutch inside turquoise.


I used two of the smaller Anthropologie knobs and added three French-style knobs of my own, coating all of them with a fresh coat of gold spray paint.

IMG_9130The two embellisments on the front door and bottom drawer looked a little plane-Jane just black. I hand-painted gold spray paint on both of them to give it some pop.  I love the way it turned out!


Before and After!  Devine!

About UpCycling

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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.

An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.

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