Last year we acquired an antique secretary when we downsized my mother in law. Although we didn’t really have a spot for it, it was one of the few pieces I hauled home because of it’s history and it was just a cool piece of furniture. I just love those glass panes! So it landed in a nook in the house, but it never really felt like it was in the right spot or served a functional purpose. (the bottom drawers have been empty this whole time!!!)
Recently, we’ve been doing a bit of furniture shifting around here. My friend gave me a pair of swivel chairs and from there it has been a domino effect of rearranging. Some good old fashioned house tweaking is always a fun process and I love using pieces in new ways around the house to better serve us. I had an ah-ha moment when it came to finding a more permanent location for this secretary – and figured we should try it as a bar cart in the dining room. We do have a built in bar that connects our kitchen and dining room, but we were actually in need of some barware storage.
I looked online and found my inspiration piece. LOVE!
Once I saw this, I knew I wanted to remove the divider insert on the desk. After inspecting the secretary, I realized I could just pull a few tacks out and pop the entire divider piece out. So I did! And now that piece is stowed away should we ever want to reinsert it. Here you can see the secretary with the dividers.
And here it is without it! I like that it feels less like a desk and more like a bar, and I can use the space for a little extra storage for our ice bucket and a few other bar trinkets.
I had some fun organizing and styling this over the weekend. I am sure I will continue to tweak it as we use it, but for now I love how functional it is to grab some specialty glasses for cocktails. I also love how perfectly it fits in this little nook. I also put those three bottom drawers to work holding lots of hostess items such as holiday napkins and paper products.
Here is a wider shot from the other side of the dining room. I am so glad this piece finally has a home in our home! 🙂 It seems so obvious that this piece would work here- not sure why it took over a year to figure this out.