Antique Shabby Chic Bureau no. 12

The print transfer you can see on the piece below was created with Screen Printing method, however you can replicate this effect using Water Decal or Stencil, that are available in our online shop at BigBite Studio – Print Transfers.

You can have the design as
Water Decal: Queen Bee in Wreath #002 or
Stencil: Vintage Queen Bee in Wreath #002

Antique Bureau with a Queen Bee Print Transfer


Antique Shabby Chic Bureau – approx. 1930s

Let me call this one the most sophisticated we made so far.
Came to us in miserable condition, and leaves us as beautiful as the bureau can be.

We have changed almost everything in this item. The way of making it was very long, we started with ‘Chateau Grey’ surface with ‘Old White’ print on it. Then we pick up white shabby drawer handles to match the print. At the end – we have made a custom pull on the small inner drawer, to do it we have used (you would never guess) a beautiful button we found somewhere on the way.

It is painted with Annie Sloan’s ‘Old White’ and ‘Chateau Grey’ after that. We used our special technique to create this cute distressed texture.
For printing we re-created some victorian graphics we have found on the web, it is done with screen printing technique and ‘Old White’ paint.
The drawers were lined with prints of old vintage letters, we will share them later with you as printable backgrounds.
For long lasting protection everything is covered with couple of coats of Colron’s non-yellowing acrylic varnish – safe to wipe with a dump cloth.

Attention to detail

All our furniture are distinguished by attention to detail. We put a lot of effort to be sure that all small parts of our work will not spoil the overal result. That is why we, for example:

  • painted the rear side of the bureau;
  • changed the felt in desktop support (you may notice, it was green before);
  • bottom of drawers lined with custom prints and varnished for protection;
  • created custom pull on the small inner drawer (to match overal look of interior)




Height: 95cm;
Width: 75 cm;
Depth with desktop closed: 41cm;
Depth with desktop open: 73 cm;

For printing we have used custom made Queen Bee in Victorian Wreath image. It was transferred using screen printing method with ‘Old White’ paint.

Annie Sloan – ‘Old White’ chalk paint
Annie Sloan – ‘Chateau Grey’ chalk paint


…the same item before renovation


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