Retro Bureau

I had a couple of these bureau/desks with opening flap, so I thought I would have a play around with one of them.


I was undecided of the colour paint to use, so random it would be.  Just selecting colours whether they matched or not.  As the chalk paint colours are mainly pastel shades, they just blended into each other.


The main problem with this piece of furniture was that the wood had been dyed before it was varnished, and as much as I tried it still came through the chalk paint, and when sanding became more prominent.  Perhaps this helped to bring the different colours together.




All the drawers have been lined with various coloured card some embossed.


The drawers have lovely decorative handles, a metal flat flower with a seed bead center fixed in place with a metal pin.


This picture shows the transformation of my little bureau.



[With pictures follow link above]

  1. Clean your chosen piece of furniture with white spirit, sand any rough areas, with a fine sandpaper. It is a good idea to remove and sand any furniture which is heavily varnished, also remove any residue glue around joints, enabling the paint will adhere better.
  2. Paint the entire piece in the base coat colour of chalk paint you have selected. When dry add a second coat of the same colour or a different one depending on the look you want to achieve.
  3. When the paint is dry, start sanding the areas that would naturally end up looking worn or distressed, corners, edges, sides of legs and tops of drawers. To get a nice smooth surface sand very gently all over the furniture.
  4. Finish with a layer of wax, [either clear or tinted, depending on the result you want.] this will enhance the paint, giving your furniture a lovely silky smooth finish. You can use varnish instead of wax, but I think wax gives a better finish.

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