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Stenciled Secretary Desk

An old bookcase may not look like a treasure at first glance, but Sarah from sarahmdorseydesigns looks beyond the obvious and shows us how to create a handsome secretary desk from her thrift store find.

stenciled secretary before

Sarah walks us through the process of recreation through detailed photos and explanations. She describes how to remove doors and hardware and how to raise a shelf to desk height in order to create a totally new piece of furniture. She also explains exactly how she achieved the hard finish that will be durable for many years. The finishing touch for this project, and what totally transformed the piece is the stenciled back of the newly painted desk. Sarah explains how she cut her stencils for this part of the project and how she painted them on the back panel of the bookcase before reattaching it to the front piece.


It is this step that took the desk to a whole new level of custom designed furniture.

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