Now this particular antique secretary, made by Maddox Furniture c.1935, actually started off in the hands of my friend/client who refinished it in a lemon yellow and deep blue. He wasn't wholly satisfied with the results so he reached out to me to see if I could revisit the look of the piece, or if it was destined to be fire-pitted. In fact, I believe his rather concise statement when I sent him this before picture -
- was, "Oh my God, burn it down". Which made me accidentally snort wine up my nose.
But in the end we didn't need to set the secretary ablaze (out of context that sentence would have a very different meaning!).
I started by removing almost all the yellow paint. I hope he won't be mad at me for telling you, but he'd applied some of it with a roller, and that dimpled effect just had to go. Here it is about halfway through paint removal.