Don't ya just love... changing the look of a piece of furniture..
I have been working on this great old secretary(desk) probably made between the 40's and 50's. I purchased it, with it... missing... the board that covers the cubbie hole. "I actually love the look of the cubbies!" The hardware will be replaced and of course the color and look of it changed. I painted it white first but because I filled in some holes with putty it made the mahogany bled through so I decided on the palest of pinks (distressed it) to give it more of a cottage feel. And now it's a treasure! It's much prettier in person these pics do not do it justice.