Vintage Shabby Chic Bureau no. 09

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



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