Custom Makeover – Edwardian Shabby Chic Bureau
Antique Tall Writing Bureau with Bookcase made to order
As you may know, we do custom works as well. This Bureau was painted and make in Shabby Chic style to order for one lovely lady in Devon. I hope it will match her living room with a huge window with a view of the sea.
Vintage Writing Desk – tall Bureau with Bookcase in Shabby Chic Style
This tall Bureau with Bookcase is in fact shortest of all bureaus we were working on, it is just above 180cm. That make its cute and handy, will fit in most empty spaces of your bedroom or living room.
It is painted with Annie Sloan’s ‘Old Ochre’ and mix of ‘Chateau Grey’ and ‘Original’ (1:1), and protected with couple of layers of clear acrylic varnish.
On the back of bookcase, and on the deskotop’s back wall (behind pigeon holes) we stencilled lovely pattern provided by Louise Panes (you may want to check other stencils she sells on eBay).
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 overall result. That is why we, for example:
- changed the felt in desktop support;
- painted internal part of bookshelf doors;
- painted and detailed finished internal part of all drawers;
- cleaned and polished desktop’s brass hinges and lock;
- all drawers edges and rear top of the bureau is painted with the utmost care;
(check the images with ‘Attention to Details’ marks on them)
This Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau with Bookcase was painted with Annie Sloan’s ‘Old ‘Ochre’ and mix of ‘Chateau Grey’ and ‘Original’ and gently distressed along leading edges. After that it was covered with three layers of Colron’s acrylic non-yellowing varnish, so it is safe to wipe with a dump cloth.
Height: 181cm (bureau: 99cm + bookcase 82cm);
Depth of bureau with desktop closed: 44cm;
Depth of bureau with desktop open: 76cm;
Depth of bookcase: 20cm;
Annie Sloan – ‘Chateau Grey’
Annie Sloan – ‘Old Ochre’
Annie Sloan – ‘Original’
For printing on the back wall of the bookcase we used stencil, courtesy of Louise Panes).
Tall Shabby Chic Bureau with Bookcase .
Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau with Detachable Bookcase
Here you have another tall Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau of us. This time with a bookcase.
We have feeling, that the choice of ‘hang on the wall’ vs. ‘leave on the top’ is quite valuable. That is why we fixed the top of bottom part of this piece and made it smooth as never touched by any screws, and attached brackets to the back of bookcase for hanging on any wall.
Commissioned Job – Custom Makeover
Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau – work to order
It has taken a loooooot of time to finish this one. We managed to makeover five other bureaus before we put our hands on this one.
Vintage Screen Printing – French Hotel Papillon
Shabby Chic Writing Desk with Vintage French Print
This Shabby Chic Writing Desk has been turned into the posh and elegant kind of style you can match with discreet reception of some old prestigious hotel. Name it Hotel Papillon.
Bureau with a Queen Bee Print Transfer
Shabby Chic Furniture – Vintage Bureau with Print
We love Shabby Chic Furniture (aren’t you surprised?). This time, missing a bit our last Bureau no 14. (sold couple of days ago), we decided to makeover its close relative.
Bureau with ”Haute Couture” French Print
Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau Writing Desk with detachable Bookcase
This Shabby Chic Bureau is a twin sister of the one we sold not that long time ago, just have a look here: Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau no. 09. Well, it is almost-twin-sister. She is a bit smaller. But just a bit.
The biggest difference? The bookcase is detachable. You can have it either a normal way, on the top of the bureau, or hang on the wall; we fixed hangers in the back. Just have a look at the pictures.
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.
Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau Writing Desk with Bookshelf
Our biggest bureau so far.
Almost two meters high, wide and spacious. The bookshelf will easily accommodate a big part of your vintage library, the desktop will allow you to work with your laptop. When retired for the night – you close the lid and admire a vintage French advert printed on the outside.
Perfect piece for a living room or a study. You can adapt it for children room as well – just make them to do their homework (which is not easy).
This Shabby Chic bureau was painted with Farrow and Ball primer and then Annie Sloan’s ‘Paris Grey’ and ‘Old White’ chalk paints. Then it was sanded gently to achieve distressed Vintage Shabby Chic look. Internal part of desktop, as well as internal drawers, were painted with both white and grey colours to achieve this interesting texture (you can find more info about this technique in our post about Shabby Chic Nest of Tables with Texture.
For long lasting protection it 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:
- paint the rear side of the bureau;
- change the felt in desktop support to match the colour of paint (you may notice, it was green before);
- paint internal part of bookshelf doors.
Height: 199 cm (bottom writing part: 98 cm + bookcase 101 cm);
Width of body: 75 cm;
Width of very top part: 78 cm;
Width of very bottom part: 77 cm;
Depth of bureau with desktop closed: 45cm
Depth of bureau with desktop open: 78 cm;
Depth of bookcase: 21 cm
For printing we have used our own design of vintage French advert. You can find it in our Resourcers page: Free Printable Image – Haute Couture. The technique we used this time is a screen printing.
Annie Sloan – ‘Old White’ chalk paint
Annie Sloan – ‘Paris Grey’ chalk paint
…the same Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau before renovation
Shabby chic bureau painted with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint
Annie Sloan’s ‘Old White’ and ‘Duck Egg Blue’
Like always – this vintage bureau was slightly distressed along leading edges in areas of natural wear for authentic aged look.
The exterior is hand varnish to protect Annie Sloan’s paints and to enhance that old shabby chic appearance whereas. It has four big drawers and storage compartments with a small drawer inside, together with variety of dividers. This is hidden behind drop down door / writing desk.
To achieve even more shabby chic look on this bureau, we printed a vintage French advert on the top. It is the ad of some sort of parfumes (toilet water). It has been made using stencil method with Annie Sloan’s ‘Old White’ paint. You can see the effect on closeups in photographs included.
You can download free printable image of background lined at internal parts on this vintage bureau at Free Printable Image – Vintage Shawl Background
Depth of top part: 21.5cm,
Depth of bottom part: 43cm
Depth with table-top open: 74.5cm
Annie Sloan – ‘Old White’ chalk paint
Annie Sloan – ‘Duck Egg Blue’ chalk paint