Shabby Chic Bureau with Bookcase no. 17

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);
Width: 71cm;
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).


  1. Oliver & Ginny Thiebaud

    This beautiful, small bureau-bookcase we bought is testament to the outstanding standards of perfection you achieve in painting and lightly distressing the furniture you ‘upcycle.’ Thank you for your concentration on real quality and in this case, the simple classical design with dentil moulding around the cornice, proper lopers, astragal glazing and its practical interior pigeon holes. This will be a practical and real investment for the future, thanks.
    Oli & Ginny Thiebaud

    1. Phoebe Conway

      I love the final look of this unit and its so nice to see ASCP being used with such attention to detail. Can I ask how you managed to paint the wood on the doors without getting paint on the glass? Did you need to tape it off or did you use a glass scrapper once completed? Also can you tell me how you managed to get the stencil behind the pigeon holes?
      Thanks in advance,

      1. Kat - Touch the Wood Post author

        Hi Phoebe,
        Thank you for your question.
        Yes, we use a paper tape for a glass, it is the easiest way to avoid any unwanted paint.
        To stencil a wall and the space behind a pigeons we always remove the back panels. It helps a lot.
        Kat& Kris

        1. Phoebe Conway

          Thank you so much for your response. I never thought to remove the back panel on a piece but it makes perfect sense as this would allow you to work on a flat surface to stencil and paint.
          Thanks again,


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