Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Oak Secretary's

After last weeks folly of thinking Thursday was Wednesday, I'm back on track with a VTT post at the right time! Don't forget to go over to Suzanne's at Colorado Lady for all the other great Vintage Thingie Thursday posts!

Mr. Squash and I love antique oak furniture! Most of our furniture is oak - many pieces are antique. Today I'm showing you our two antique oak secretary's. The first one Mr. Squash got many years ago. It was found in a barn with only the top and was quite black with dirt, grime and stain. He refinished it and had the base cabinet built to coordinate with the top.

Here is the secretary in its open position. I love it for all of the cubbies and drawers!
The Queen Anne style secretary below was purchased a couple of years ago from a small antique dealer we really like. Times are so hard for independent dealers right now. We were quite happy to give him this sale! This secretary sits just inside of our front door. The wheat bundle on the floor next to it is the only little decoration our realtor would let us keep for showing!
Here it is open....during the holidays I like to dress it up! At Halloween I have a quirky "pumpkin tree" that sits on it along with other Fall decorations. At Christmas I put a whole bunch of holiday village houses on it with "snow" under them. When they are lit, they look so pretty through the window! This year with the house being on the market it will have to stay empty - I'll miss my decorations!

Thanks for stopping by!

33 comments:

~~Carol~~ said...

Glad I'm not the only one that was all messed up last week! It was that darned Labor Day!
I love both of your secretaries, but especially that first one.It has so many compartments that would make it so easy to be organized. Who doesn't need that?! Both are really beautiful pieces!
Happy VTT!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Candace,
Anything with cubbies is cool! Good luck with the sale of your home.
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

ClassyChassy said...

Good luck with the house sale - Maybe next year you can decorate it up and fill it with things?

Jane said...

Both pieces are beautiful but my favorite is the first one...love all the cubbies, and what a great job coordinating the base cabinet with the top..I would have never guessed!

Postcardy said...

Those are nice secretaries. I can appreciate them more when I see them empty, though of course it would be silly to keep them empty unless you have to.

Sherrie said...

How beautiful! The one with all the drawers is gorgeous!

Thank you for sharing these :0)
Happy VTT!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful pieces. Most of our antique pieces are also oak. I would think having your house look homey with Fall decorations would really be appealing for the realtor's clients.

greenhoneyhive said...

What beautiful pieces..very charming...all those cubbies are just so much fun..I am a cubby freak.

knutsel Rein said...

Wow, these are both beautiful!

Mary said...

Can't you decorate the house for the holidays, just a tiny, tiny bit? Oh yea, I forgot, the house will be sold by then. I have my fingers crossed.

marian said...

WOW these are GORGEOUS..i too LOVE oak and own a few antique oak pieces..i've been looking for a secretaire but as yet i haven't seen anything as stunning as your two, i'll just keep looking :)

Ulla said...

They are both beautiful! I really love the possibility of closing the table to hide all the mess I would have on the desk.
I think some decoration would only be nice for the buyers.

Maggie B said...

Hi Candace,
Your secretaries are both handsome pieces of furniture, I admire the fact that you open them and display things on them.
Mine is so chock a block with "stuff" that I only open it when no one else is around!!
Happy VTT and fingers crossed that your house sells soon.
a bientot
Maggie @ Normandy Life

Coloradolady said...

What great pieces...just lovely..

Have a great VTT and a wonderful weekend.

A Collector At Heart said...

Your secretaries are just beautiful - your taste is my taste! And the way you decorate them seasonally - sounds just wonderful!
Have a great VTT!

Carole said...

Nice furniture! Yea, I like oak. DH made our stair with fumed oak. It makes the oak darker. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such beautiful oak pieces. We love oak as it really gives such warm feelings in the house.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

onlymehere said...

I too love oak furniture. I actually waited 25 years to buy the perfect round oak table for the kitchen! That's how we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. These two pieces are beautiful. I hope that you get some good news soon and are able to sell the house so these two pieces can be used and decorated again how you want them to be! Me

LV said...

You really have some nice furniture. I really like all of them. I have a fascination with antique pieces. Yours are something to be proud of. Thanks for stopping by my place.

Amy said...

I so love your pieces. Very unique. You did a lovely job matching the base to the first piece. I feel sad for you not being able to decorate for the holiday's. I've been in the same position over the years.

Lisa said...

These are beautiful pieces! I love the idea of decorating them for the holidays!

Jingle said...

Those are beautiful! There is just something fabulous about a secretary desk! I love them!

Diana said...

I so love both of these beautiful pieces. Will be back.

Diana

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Definitely partial to cubbies, so much nice and useful storage! I swoon for storage :)

The imPerfect Houswife said...

I just love antique furniture and those Secretaries (?) are sooo adorable. I can imagine them with holiday decorations on them - they looks great plain. Can you believe that craftsmanship!?? Have a great day ~ ♥

mannequin said...

A secretary found in a barn was really a cinderella in disguise.
Okay. I am tired and have had too much coffee but all of your pieces are gorgeous!
It's such a nice feeling refinishing and resurrecting wood, isn't it?

Quilt Hollow said...

I love that you hadn't taken a paint brush to them! Really...have you noticed how many older pieces of furniture are getting a coat of paint? I much prefer the natural wood look!

teresa said...

So beautiful! We have old oak furniture also. Acutally most everything we own we found or bought and refinished. I especially love mission oak. Thanks for sharing yours. They are great!

Keetha Broyles said...

I love both pieces, but my fave is the little one next to the wheat.

I am SO GLAD to see them in gorgeous wood WITHOUT paint plastered all over them!!!!

:-)

Signed,
Child of the 50's Who Was Taught Never to Cover Beautiful Wood Furniture With Paint

Kathi Fly said...

Your wood pieces are beautiful. Love all the cubby holes. I bet they look beautiful with the Christmas houses in them. Good luck with the sale of your house.

Kaaren said...

Beautiful pieces, Candace. I just love desks with all the cubby holes and compartments. Oak is so warm looking, isn't it?

Carrie P. said...

Beautiful furniture. Any secret drawers in those? My husband and I were watching The woodright shop and way back secret drawers were the thing to add in the furniture.

Jackie said...

Candace, what wonderful pieces! I've always wanted a secretary like either one of those. I'd also like to find an old library card catalog or something like.