Say, what? The secretary that tried to kill me? Yes, I tell you – kill me! I found this sweet, innocent secretary last week and was thrilled.
However, the mechanisms that automatically pull out the small slats from underneath (for the top to rest upon) were broken. Taking out the drawer, I crouched down in front to inspect it further. I was peering inside while Alex (employee of store) opened and closed the top over my head for me to see if I could fix it. Until… he dropped it. Now, remember the slats weren’t working to stop its fall? Guess what did?! It swung down at top speed right smack onto my head. It knocked me backwards and I ended up on my backside wondering what in the world had just happened? I actually saw stars! It isn’t a made up expression – you actually see them! I also felt nauseous. He rushed around and tried apologizing profusely which is hard when you only know maybe three words in English. I tried to smile and told him that I knew he wasn’t actually trying to kill me.
My one saving grace was that I was wearing a very thick hat. I do believe the padding saved me from actually being knocked out cold. It is now just a bad bruise on my head – like an egg – that is healing. After all that, do you think they brought the price down? Heck, no.
So, with a pounding head I had them put the desk into the back of my minivan. Forgetting that my little one had a basketball game the next morning, I left it there. My husband, aka the coach, left early to buy the team doughnuts (a treat he likes to do). Since he wasn’t home, my son and I lifted it out and…bam. There went my back. This has never happened to me before.
Game. Over. Secretary 2, Suzanne 0.
I am still very happy with my find! I love, love, love secretaries. They always are gorgeous when painted and are wonderful additions to any room in the house. Laurel’s Desk turned out so sweet and feminine…
See the little slats that the top rests upon? These are what need fixing on my newest. They are attached to a hinge inside the door so they slide out and in when the top opens and closes.
Here is the Green/Blue/Grey hued desk that sold at Lucketts. This one was full of whimsy with the fun layered pops of colors.
Hmmmm, now how to finish my newest find? This is the fun part. No pain, no gain!
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Girl, you need to invest in workman’s comp! I remember a post from you this summer where you had a huge bump on your leg! And back problems…you don’t want to start having those… Heal quickly!
Could you please explain how you paint the interiors of these kinds of desks…that part has intimidated me to not attempt it. Is there any easy way? Thanks!
Hi there. I once had a large desk that just didn’t sell. I had painted the exterior but was really intimidated with the thought of painting the interior. I finally just took my brush and went to town! Use a brush with a long handle and narrow (only about one inch) bristles for the long, narrow openings and don’t apply too much paint at one time on your brush. Just keep jabbing it in there and then swipe the brush towards you to create a smooth stroke finish. It is surprisingly not as hard as it seems. I would not recommend spray painting the interior (someone once asked me that) as it would likely drip everywhere. A steady hand and light on the paint application will do the trick. It will take minimum two coats and takes patience as it is time consuming. Good luck! Oh, and the desk sold immediately after I painted the inside!
You bring new meaning to the term “no pain, no gain!”
Sorry about your head! It turned out great!
The secretary turned out beautiful!