Old Secretary + Beadboard = LOVE

March 9, 2010

I inherited this secretary years ago from my Grandma Mae. I've always loved it, but until now, it's been the repository for a mish mash of stuff: pottery, silver candlesticks, assorted crystal pieces.    Basically, was full of stuff that I didn’t necessarily want to get rid of, but I didn’t really want to display either. Have you ever lived with something for years without really looking at it?  That’s kind of what I did with this secretary full of stuff.   I’d just pass right by it in my living room.  Year after year after year….

Secretary 
So this is what started me thinking:

hidden milk glass
Yes, this is the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets.  Are you impressed with the expert way my kids unload the dishwasher?  All of those mugs perched precariously upon one another?  Anyway, I also have a beginner’s collection of milk glass and jadite that has been relegated to the upper shelves of this very same cabinet. 

So I decided that I'd break out of my many year rut and make some changes to Grandma Mae's secretary. Since I tend to be fickle, I didn't want to make any permanent changes to this favorite piece of furniture.

secretary before  

I pulled out some Graham and Brown Beadboard wall paper I had leftover from my bathroom project. I cut a piece to fit the back of the secretary and then painted it with the same pale blue/green color that I used in my bathroom. Then, using a couple pieces of double stick tape, I affixed the painted bead board wallpaper to the back of my secretary.

bead board wallpaper insert 
Now my heart sings when I walk into my living room!
 graham and brown wallpaper

bead board wallpaper project 

beadboard wallpaper project

secretary beadboard wallpaper 
Voila! I love it. I think Grandma Mae would approve too!

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53 comments:

  1. When I first started reading this post I was clutching my chest. I thought "She didn't paint the secretary, did she?!" Whew! Great use of the beadboard wall paper. It really does a nice job of highlighting your collection.

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  2. love the beadboard, but I want the collection. I collect both of those and you have some really great pieces

    Cha Cha

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  3. This looks great! The beadboard showcases the milkglass rather nicely. I love milkglass...

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  4. Beautiful, Carolyn! I love the addition of the beadboard wallpaper to the back!

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  5. this is stunning. i have a few pieces of glass that I love but your collection is amazing

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  6. Very pretty. I love milk glass and the wall paper looks like real bead board. Good job!
    ☺ Celeste

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  7. Gorgeous..I love how the wallpaper lightened it up. Beautiful milk glass!

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  8. nice job, and I love the combination of the colors and textures pieces.

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  9. I love it! I love beadboard and have been wanting to use it for some sort of project forever! Now I want to even more :).

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  10. Beautiful milk glass!!! That was a great idea!
    Happy Tuesday,
    Ramsey

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  11. Fantastic decision! I think Mae would be pleased!

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  12. That is perfect for displaying those and the bead board just makes everything pop!
    Great job!
    Blessings,
    Kim

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  13. WOW! I love that idea. I have some bookshelves it might work on!!
    thanks.

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  14. Love it! Can't believe you had all those great pieces hiding in a cabinet! all the best, Sara

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  15. So nice and cheery, you help but notice it when you walk by!

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  16. I love your new look - I thought about your bathroom post the other day - I'm thinking of redoing the cabinets in my master bath and want to use the beadboard paper rather than the real stuff...thanks for sharing this great post as well..

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  17. Simple and beautiful! Found it through power of paint..so happy I did! I have got to get some of this beadboard wallpaper everyone's crazy about.

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  18. Awwww! It looks amazing! I was wondering if you were going to paint the whole thing, which is what so many (brave) people are doing nowadays. But I love your less-permanent but still beautiful solution! Great job.

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  19. Your collection is way too pretty to be left in that cabinet. Beautiful. I never would have thought to paint beadboard wallpaper. It looks great!

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  20. Love it!
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    Please stop by!
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  21. Your collection looks nice in the secretary.

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  22. I love the way you displayed the milk glass - I also have a small collection and can't seem to display it well, Clever idea to use temporary paper in the background!

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  23. Girl, you totally rocked the beadboard!! What a beautiful collection of milk glass vases. My heart sings for ya.

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  24. You did great things here. Love all the milkglass.
    Ann

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  25. Wow, what a transformation. The new display is beautiful.

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  26. I love it. I absolutely love the way you've done it and your display of your favorite finds. It looks so pretty.. Happy VTT,have a lovely weekend.

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  27. That looks so nice as a backdrop to your pretty milk glass. I was a little worried you were going to paste the wallpaper to the back!

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  28. WOW! It went from "holding treasures" to "showcasing them". That sec'ty is gorgeous. And now it too shines! That is so adorable! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday and sharing this week! I hope you will come back to visit me soon. If you haven't already, be sure to enter the giveaway.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    HUGS!
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  29. That looks fantastic! What a beautiful piece of furniture and a great display!

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  30. Very lovely display.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  31. I love it too! I have started collecting a few pieces here and there, I love how you displayed them all together...so pretty! Have a great VTT!

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  32. The milk glass sure goes well with beadboard. Very nice collection. Peace, Stephanie

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  33. LOVE it! Your milkglass collection is gorgeous, and looks great in there!

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  34. Wow! That beadboard really dressed it up! Love your milkglass collection!

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  35. Love the beadboard and your milk glass is beautiful.....what a difference it all makes when you display things that you REALLY like to look at!

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  36. Oh, I forgot to tell you I really love your secretary from your Grandma....I believe she would like the new look also.

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  37. Absolutely beautiful! It's amazing what a difference the simple beadboard made.

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  38. I was worried for a second, hoping you did not paint that gorgeous secretary! It looks great with the paper and the glass collection. I too just started picking up milk glass. And that piece on the bottom left hand side I picked up myself today at Salvation Army for $3! It had hideous fake blue flowers in it which I ripped out!
    ~anita

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  39. I love how you did the beadboard wallpaper with double sided sticky tape!! GENIUS!! It looks great.

    Your display is fabulous!! Thank you for sharing!

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  40. Hi,
    You did an excellent job of sprucing up your antique secretary to display the milk glass pieces. It's lovely.

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  41. i am absolutely DROOLING over all of your glass pieces!

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  42. Not only is that lovely, you justm made my WEEK! I saw this wallpaper the other day and was thinking of trying it but 9 dollars a roll just seems a bit MUCH for it to fail. Now I can try it out on my backsplash and if I don't like I can definately use it for THAT kind of thing. WOO HOO...thanks!

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  43. I LOVE it! You must be so happy now as you view it in all its' cheerfulness!

    I have a very dark hutch that needs a similar makeover - thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. vast improvment! I think we all do that rut think. when i first clicked over i was afraid you had painted it white with disressing. I WAS GONNA FAINT!

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  45. That looks great!I've got to try that paper!!

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  46. I'm featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com!!! Grab my "featured" button.

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  47. I love your milk glass collection. I have a small collection myself half of it is in a box at my moms. I just inherited my grandmas milk glass I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love milk glass.

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  48. What a gorgeous piece to begin with and the beadboard really brightens it up. It's nice that you can alter it a bit without damaging it. You can always pull out the beadboard if you're tired of it. Very smart.

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  49. BEAUTIFUL! First of all that piece is to DIE FOR! Love it. Second of all -- great job on the redo. Love the beadboard and the color. And third of all -- love your collection! So gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!

    XOOX
    Jen

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