Showing posts with label Bureau. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bureau. Show all posts

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Old Wooden Bureau Painted Grey and Blue

If you find one of these old writing desks, they really do look great after a refurb!


You know the before look - dull, brown, scratched up and dated...


When you open the top of the bureau, if everything's in place and the drawers and desk top work smoothly, then it's a great find.


I gave this bureau a few coats of Autentico's Foggy Venice chalk paint which is a light grey colour and painted the inside in another chalk paint called Antique Turquoise - these two colours are really popular at the moment.


I took the handles off and refurbed them.  You'd never know these solid brass handles had such a lovely design hidden away.


The grey paint has been finished with a black wax.  These coloured waxes are used to bring out some of the texture of the wood and then sealed and finished with a clear wax.


Using black wax on this grey gives it a 'strong and steely' finish - and it firms up the lines in this elegant design.


These compact desks folded away and sit quietly in the corner, but should give some BLING when they're open.  There's lots of space to store the laptop and this blue and gold design inside is uplifting.


All the drawers are painted blue inside too - with a bit of gilding across the top.


The feet have little gold boots added... I do like adding booties to Queen Anne legs :-)


She's in the shop now - and looking for a new home.


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Gothic Novel-Writing Desk... Dramatically Painted in Grey

In case you wondered, I haven't been on holiday I've been slogging away here since my last post, phew!  I've had some big commissions on the go, but more about that later.  Here's a truly amazing desk I've been working on.


Here's how she looked before any work.  Just too brown for me.


A delicate little lady and just the right piece of furniture for churning out a few manuscripts I reckon.  But how old do you think she is?  judging by the finish, handles, drawers, I'd say 1950s.  No makers marks...


Here's the story so far then, I painted her all over in a light grey chalk paint, called Foggy Venice.


And then went to work with black wax - not one of the brown 'antique' ones, pure, dramatic blaaaaack.  This bought out all the gothic carved work and has given the light grey paint quite a steely finish.


There's so much in the design and those legs are to die for!  The handles have been replaced with white ceramic buttons to keep the external monochrome look.


Meantime, internally it's just a ray of sunshine!  I used a golden chalk paint and added antique gold gilding around the drawer tops for a bit of extra bling (you know how I like my bling).


One minute it's very Mary Shelly...


And the next it's more Hans Christian Andersen.


It's been a real crowd stopper and here it is, finished in the shop at last.  There's an ornate Victorian mirror above in the same colour and finish.


I'd really hate to split them up...


So what do you think?  Needs some candlesticks?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Antique Bureau Refurb

I bought this stunning antique with the idea of totally renovating it to the point of removing all the art... before you scream I was only THINKING about it.


This is a before pic that shows the amount of wear and tear - real shabby chic and very popular for the day it was in the shop before being snapped up!


The insides were pretty shabby too :-)  The artwork was done in the 1920s by the wife of the General who presented it to her...  maybe so she could write to him frequently?  Romantic...


My client asked me to paint all over in dark grey and change the gold to silver but LEAVE all the lovely artwork.  So I did.



She's pretty cute now, all the old paint has been covered with a custom dark grey and sealed with a wax varnish.  The gilding has been changed to silver.


Additionally, the request was for light grey inside, so that was done with a silver inner drawer.


The single drawer was refurbed in the same grey, with silver gilded handles.


I hope I did the right thing - what do you think?

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Pink and Grey - Inspirational Desk

Open the drawer, take out your laptop, pull down the desk et voila!  What a fabulous workstation. How could you NOT be inspired?


I got so excited about refurbing this bureau that I'd already started colour testing before any pics... here's a quick look at part of the before - inside...


So you get the picture?  It's a lovely old bureau, very solid old walnut, but it's had it.  BORING!!  It needed a new lease of life and that's where I arrive armed with pink and grey :-)


And, hello beautiful! Just a lovely old piece of furniture.  The grey paint which has been added all over the outside - it's called Foggy Venice from Autentico's Vintage chalk paint range.


I went crazy for those little tootsies and just had to add antique gold gilding to those platform slippers!


The shell at the centre adds style - although I've finished the grey chalk paint with a clear wax - I've added some dark wax to bring out all the detail to the carving at the bottom of this piece.


I took all the hardware off for the refurb and then put it all back on again - cutest brass handles.


The chalk paint can be put straight on to the original leather pad, it's been refurbed too and the insides have been sealed with a dead matt varnish.


Swanky or what?  This wonderful magenta pink colour is called Heliotrope.  I think it's VERY ChouChou.


The original key locks the bureau top - and she just sits there looking all prim and proper (ah, bonjour Fifi).


Such a nice surprise to find that colour.  That final, internal drawer is painted gold inside.  Oh it just wants to be taken home!