unfinished back on secretary desk

February 27th, 2009 in member junk     
ronbre ronbre, member
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This antique secretary desk was given to me by my mother, the unfinished insides had always bothered me as they were very dark and ugly. I had been tossing around ideas of what to do to brighten up the inside. This cabinet sits in my dinette area and holds tea items, so I decided to line the inside walls and backk with pages cut from a damaged antique cookbook, glueing them on with watered down elmers glue. I have hung some antique crocheted potholders and hotpads on the walls and put my tea items back inside. It is a little crowded (guess I need to have a tea party).


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Brenda Kay Groth
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Comments (8)

LloydsLandingofSears writes: Love the tea items, especially the Mary Englebreit papers... I have a huge collection of ME tea items and no place (yet) to display them. I'm hoping to put a project together soon, and with your idea of the background, I'll be a "breit" and cheerful one when it's finished! I love your idea! ~Mary~ Posted: 11:25 am on June 2nd
snowyowl writes: I love it - tea with work. or work with tea. I want English Breakfast in my cup. Really lovely idea to use pages from an old cookbook. Love the old potholders and the tea set too. I have a stackable bookcase from 1900 that was my grandparents and it is in the living room with milk glass in it. the white looks great in the dark wood but I have had it in the dining room too with dishes in it too. Posted: 7:59 am on February 28th
alicemom writes: I agree with everyone too. It is a wonderful piece & you made it even more special.
alice Posted: 11:00 pm on February 27th
fellowjunker writes: This is a stunning piece of furniture and I love how you turned it into something you'll now love and treasure.
xojanis Posted: 10:23 pm on February 27th
LuAnn writes: Love you secretary and ALL your tea items. I'm a tea drinker (by heritage) GF was from England. Nice display. I'd love a "spot" of tea!

LuAnn Posted: 8:34 pm on February 27th
georgiamoon writes: What a beautiful piece. Your addition to it makes it even more special. It is definitely one-of-a-kind now. Love it, Georgia Posted: 7:47 pm on February 27th
texasjunkermom writes: I'm with Sue--I'll be right over for tea; prefer Earl Grey but whatever. Such a great idea you had! Your tea things are pretty, the cookbook pages really set the whole thing up right. (Absolutely love the old secretary!) Posted: 5:36 pm on February 27th
suewhitney writes: Hi Ronbre,

hat a wonderful idea to line the secretary with old cook book pages. Love it. I'll be right over for that tea party. Welcome to JUNKMARKET style. Have fun on the site.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 4:58 pm on February 27th
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