Furniture Debut: North Powder

It is a new week and time for a new debut. 

North Powder.

A name that reflects the color, the upcoming winter ski season, and a town in eastern Oregon that has a lot of history. 

North Powder, Antique Secretary Makeover (9)


North Powder, Antique Secretary Makeover (11)


It started out as a secretary far beyond retirement.

Antique Cabinet Makeover Before Shot

She needed a fresh start.

Some fresh powder.

Fresh powder in a light shade of Old Ochre.

North Powder, Antique Secretary Makeover (7)

Before you think she is too good for her britches, just remember, she may look different on the outside, but on the inside, she is still the same secretary. Winking smile

North Powder, Antique Secretary Makeover (5)




North Powder, Antique Secretary Makeover (3)


No accessories needed.

North Powder, Antique Secretary Makeover (10)


You may see that she shed a few pounds as well.

Yep – the bottom door is no longer there. 

It has now become this:

Chalkboard Made From Antique Cabinet Door


Chalk it up to old age I guess.

Be inspired,


Linking to:


Cowgirl Up! at Crafty Texas Girls
HOme Savvy A To Z
The Southern Institute:Creative Me Monday
Everything Under The Moon – Bedazzle Me Monday
More the Merrier at DIY Home Sweet Home
Get Your Craft On – Today’s Creative Blog
Metamorphosis Monday
Crafts Keep Me Sane at Keeping It Simple
Home Stories A To Z
Time To Shine at Diamond In The Stuff
How To Nest For Less
Thrifty Decor Chick – First Monday of Every Month

TDC Before and After






Tip Junkie handmade projects
Shades Of Amber Chalk Paint Party
A Bowl Full of Lemons
DIY By Design
Trash 2 Treasures at Kammy’s Korner
Project Queen
Tip Junkie
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Elizabeth & Co.
Not Just A Housewife
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
House of Grace – Twice Owned Tuesday
A Stroll Through Life
Live Laugh Rowe
Embracing Change
Primitive and Proper
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Restore Interiors
domestically speaking: power of paint party
From My Front Porch To Yours
The Brambleberry Cottage
No Minimalist Here – Open House Party
 Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps On The Porch   
My Repurposed Life
beyond the picket fence
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
house of hepworths 
36th avenue
Serenity Now
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Miss Mustard Seed
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Tater Tots and Jello


Funky Junk Interiors
The DIY Showoff
Be Different Act Normal


Sisters of the Wild West – Sister Sunday Link Party
Nifty Thrifty Things
Under The Table And Dreaming
Southern Hospitality – Thrifty Treasures


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  1. Love it Shari! What an unusual piece, I’ve never seen anything like it, great transformation!

  2. LOVE the antique look of it! That off-white paint colour is perfection.

  3. Fresh powder was just the thing for that ski bunny!

    So sorry you had the flu – hope you’re feeling better (just look at your gorgeous secretary)!


  4. I love the look of this piece, you captured a really antique look. Love it!!!


  5. “chalk” it up to old age … hahaha She is a babe … a definitely ski bunny in her fresh powder!!

  6. LOVE! This piece is fantastic! Gorgeous, as always. :)

  7. Great job, Shari! It makes for such a great looking cabinet. Love those doors!

  8. WOW. that is STUNNING! what a find and transformation! you worked your turnstyle magic!

  9. Blah blah blah, love, blah blah, like usual, blah blah awesome, blah blah pinned.

    Only way I could think of not to write what I do on all your furniture posts.


  10. Beautiful improvement! I love the color, with the wood still showing inside. Great work. -K

  11. Wow – what a beautiful and unusual piece and you made it even more beautiful! Take care, Laura

  12. This is such a beauty! Great job!! Megan

  13. BEAUTIFUL makeover!! Stopped over from Cowgirl Up.

  14. Your secretary is wonderful! I love how you transformed it.
    Mary Alice

  15. Fabulous!! Just purchased some Old Ochre. Can’t wait to try it after seeing North Powder :-).

  16. It is absolutely lovely – so modern now & perfectly beautiful!

    Dee at the Carlton

  17. Cute! I love salvaged furniture! She has a bright future ahead!

  18. This piece is so pretty – I love how it turned out! Can you share a little of your process? Did you use dark wax/clear wax? Thanks for any info – I am soon going to paint a hutch, and this is the exact look I want!

  19. Very pretty…I love her makeover. Who couldn’t afford to shed a few pounds…especially if you gain a chalboard? :)

  20. So beautiful! And I love what you did with the door, that’s awesome! I came over from Crafty Texas Girls, and I’d love it if you came over and said hi at “my place” too!

  21. Wow! what a wonderful transformation. I love it! The shape of the wood around the top of the glass inserts really adds so much interest. You did a great job bringing it back to life!

  22. It is absolutely beautiful – I love the blackboard idea from the door ….

  23. I love this sooo much! It is absolutely beautiful! Although it makes me itch nervously because, I, I, I want to grab it and start wallpapering the back inside of the cabinet! Lol!!!

  24. That is beautiful!!

  25. Love the redo, so nice! I like to take doors off too and open shelves up!

  26. Oh how beautiful she is! I have an old secretary that is needing a paint job to get her noticed for her many beautiful qualities. thank you for the inspiration! How lovely!!

  27. Love this one and how you left the inside dark!

  28. This is waaaay cute…I adore the color and plan to paint my walls that color. Old Ochre by ????

  29. Beautiful way to breath new life into a wonderful old piece. And I love what you did with the door – GREAT job!

  30. I love how you opened up the bottom cabinet! That looks awesome! Would love for you to share at my weekend link party!

  31. I love the distressing! Love that you re-used the removed door too! Everything looks great!

  32. Linsey @ Farmhouse Porch says:

    Wow!!! LOVE this!!
    Just my style, very pretty piece and color!

  33. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a pretty and unique secretary!

  34. That is a gorgeous piece. A wonderful transformation! Thanx for partying at THT.

  35. I’m loving the new look of your secretary Shari! sooo pretty!


  36. Awesome ~ sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  37. Gillianne says:

    Another winner, with the usual entertaining tale to accompany the photos. Your pieces consistently reflect the gift of restraint, otherwise known as the Goldilocks Gambit: not too much or too little but always juuuuuust right.

  38. Pamela Manes says:

    Thanks, Shari! You do inspire me, every single time.

  39. Hello!
    To tell the truth, I have no idea how I actually go there. I think it was following this lovely secretary from Ms. Mustard Seed’s Friday thing. I just wanted to tell you how much this piece speaks to me. I’m a reuser, rebuilder, and recycler but am just now garnering courage to try to distress and antique some of the many pieces I have. I’m off now to browse around your site!