Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Secretary

I broke a promise to myself again. The promise was to focus on small items I can easily carry with me to the antique shows, focus on buying projects that can be completed in one hour or less, and focus on buying stuff I really need.

I did not need this....I wanted it.  How could I leave it behind?

It's going to take a lot of work and I'm not sure when I'll get to it, but I see lots of POTENTIAL!

I love the long drawer on top and the compartment with the fold down door.

The people I bought it from weren't able to provide any history and they never had any keys.

A Google search came up with a source that might still carry a key to fit one of the locks.

The little drawers inside are long gone, so I'm hoping to find some baskets or small containers to fill the spaces.  This really looks like a home grown piece of furniture, most likely made in great grandpa's woodworking shop.

So much charm, functional, sturdy, and definitely made with love.

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37 comments:

  1. Betsy,
    This is a great piece...I find it funny that you need little things and I need big things:) I know you will do a super duper job on this new piece.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. Hi Becky, I have to tell you, this is an awesome find! I love that long narrow drawer at the top, and, all those cubbyholes...So many places to store things! Okay, please tell me this will stay and not leave your home? Wow... I really do like! Have a good week!

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  3. Well! I can understand why this found its way home with you! I love cubby holes...and this certainly has them. What a unique & wonderful piece.

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  4. Wow! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
    Blessings, Trisha

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  5. Please allow me to be your enabler ... small projects only are also on my list but I would definitely have purchased this awesome piece! Better that than wishing you had after it's gone. (justify!) :-)

    Yours truly,
    Amy the Enabler

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  6. That is a diamond in the rough. Really looking forward to seeing how you fix her up. Don't you it could talk and tell you its history?

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  7. What an amazing find! No wonder you couldn't leave it behind. Can't wait to see how you make it over!

    Jeanine

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  8. I like seeing someone else buy something just because they like it. I let so many very cool things go and regret it. I love the long drawer. One of the huge piles I recently found had two workbenches in it with really long drawers in them that went about 5 or so feet across. I thought they were the coolest things. This was such a great find. Glad you got to snag it!

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  9. I can't wait for you to work your magic!!! I would have never passed that up!

    Carol

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  10. It's a beauty!!! Great find!
    Jane

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  11. This is a fantastic piece that is very functional. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

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  12. I think my comment was lost! If not...just delete one of them! lol So again....I was saying AHHHhhh out loud when I saw the etched heart! How very sweet! And I love the fun cubbies! Great buy my friend! Hugs!

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  13. It is beautiful Betsy!!! I can see what you had to bring it home!!!!

    Xo
    Marsha

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  14. That is one great piece of furniture. I like your idea of baskets where you don't have drawers.

    I am excited that there will be a flea market in Ventura at Seaside Park on March 31. I will be on spring break and with my husband still in a sling we won't be going away. I am saving my money because don't often get the flea market in town.

    I will look for rust and grunge and then think "what would Betsy do with this?"

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  15. That is an awesome piece, Betsy...of course it had to come home with you!

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  16. No, you could not leave it - not when it was staring at you with those puppy dog eyes! Be sure to show off the makeover...I know it will be lovely.

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  17. It's a great piece, Betsy! No wonder you brought it home.
    Have a great week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  18. Oh, snap! I would buy that, too. And probably keep it. That long, skinny drawer would be perfect to keep large stencils in. Oh, now I'm on a hunt for something similar!

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  19. Great piece with so much charm. Cannot wait to see what you will do with it!

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  20. I agree-SO much charm!! I'm sure it will be even more stunning when you work your magic on it :)
    Susan

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  21. That heart sold it for me! You would have kicked yourself if you hadn't gotten it.

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  22. Oh Betsy it would have been so sad had you not 'saved' this piece. I know you will love it and make it amazing. and what are blog friends for if not to be enablers! :)

    Linda

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  23. it'a a great piece. I would not have resisted it either.

    blessings and have a great week.
    barb

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  24. I think you just hadn't quite finished writing the fine print part of your rules where it says things like "unless it has cubbies" and "leaving it behind will induce wrinkle-causing anxiety". The fine print is important.

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  25. I would taken it home too! Can't wait to the transformation.
    Linda
    idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com

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  26. I'm not sure I would have been able to walk away from it either! I's too fabulous!! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!!

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  27. What a great find! I wouldn't have been able to walk away, either! I can't wait to see what you do with it! xx

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  28. Coming over from Angie, I'm glad you did not leave it behind. Its got awesome potential. I dont easily pass up a piece because it has some nicks and scrathes! If it has good bones like your piece I bring it home with me.

    I am a new follower, would love you to follow back!

    Happiness!
    Sumaya

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  29. Let's get real...
    Is it ever really about 'NEED'?!??
    ;-)
    LOVE.IT!!

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  30. Is it finished yet:):) I'm sure it will be amazing!! Probaly will need to stay with you:):)

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  31. Definitely worth bringing home! Can't wait to see how you work your magic. It will be a great piece.

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  32. So I'm not the only one who has to pull myself away even when I don't need it?!

    I think I would have latched onto this, too. <3

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  33. There are lots of possibilities there. Sometimes when something speaks to you, you have to get it. Have you thought about cigar boxes as new drawers? You can decorate and add drawer pulls.......

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  34. I make lots of promises to myself too...but sometime you just have to got for it!! You'd be kicking yourself if you passed this one up! Love that heart...so sweet :)

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  35. Hi Betsy! This is actually my dream working table. With your magical touch, I know this will transform to wonders.

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  36. such a COOL piece! love all those little drawers!!

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  37. Oh, it's wonderful! I can't wait to see what you do with it!!

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