Shabby Chic Writing Desk – Bureau no. 15

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: Vintage French Advert: ‘Hotel Papillon’ #007 or
Stencil: Vintage French Hotel Papillon Advert #007

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.

Mind you – there is no hotel at no. 8 Rue Papillon in Paris, France. If you go there you will find just the restaurant of the same name. The hotel is a thing of the past right now. However, with our Shabby Chic Writing Desk we bring it (somehow) back to life.

The print on the slope is a transfer of original hotel’s logo, we just changed the font, to match better an art nouveau spirit we wanted to create. The papillon (butterfly) is 100% original. The print was transferred with screen printing method.

This piece is quite tall, more than a meter high, with a comfortable space to keep your laptop (you can easily close the slope with your laptop hidden inside). The slope’s supports are pulled out automaticaly when you open it.

The surface was protected with two layers of Colron’s acrylic non-yellowing varnish, so it is safe to wipe with a dump cloth.

Attention to detail

All our shabby chic 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:

  • painted the rear side of the bureau;
  • changed the felt in slope’s supports;

Shabby Chic Writing Desk with Vintage French Print

Shabby Chic Writing Desk


Height: 103 cm;
Width: 75 cm;
Depth with desktop closed: 43 cm;
Depth with desktop open: 77 cm;
Height from floor to the bottom of open desktop: 73 cm;

For printing we have used custom made French Hotel Papillon advert. It was transferred with use of screen printing method and ‘Paris Grey’ paint.

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

…the same Shabby Chic Writing Bureau before makeover



    1. Kat - Touch the Wood Post author

      Hi, Thank you for asking.
      According to Google maps it is 186 miles from AL3 6BS to EX5 5BR.
      Giving our charge £0.80 per mile it is £148.8.
      Kind regards
      Kat & Kris

  1. Juliette nickels

    Hi ;I love the shabby chic desk ,but wondered if you have o e without the printing on the front ,just plain and also the cost please thank you juliette nickels


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