Hobbies & Interests
Like many other authors out there, writing is just one of many things that hold our interests. I love the comforts of home and am always looking at ways to make our house more aesthetically pleasing. My Pinterest pins are pretty much filled with home décor pieces and ideas (I know, very sad).
I’m a greater lover of French Country style and have been trying to incorporate this look and feel into our home. One of the ways I’ve tried to do this, is by restoring a small writing bureau that a family member very kindly bought for me, more than a decade ago.
At the time it was purchased, we were told that it was an Edwardian piece. I had always suspected that it was later, as the legs were a little too plain for that time. Although the Edwardian era wasn’t as extravagant as the Victorian era, there was still an elegance about the things they produced.
After doing a lot of research (you’d be amazed by how many pictures there are of small writing bureaus), I finally came across this picture, which was a match for my desk. It was in fact, manufactured in the 1920s.
When we purchased it, it wasn’t in great shape. The varnish had begun to peel off the front and pieces of veneer had come away from the side of the leather inset. Having lived with it for over a decade in it’s poor state, I finally decided to give it a face lift using chalk paint and decoupage.
I have tried a couple of different kinds of chalk paint over the years and for furniture, I have found Annie Sloan’s range the easiest to use. Saying that, it has taken a few trial and error pieces for me to get the hang of it. Although they say you can use any kind of natural bristle brush, it wasn’t until I purchased her range of brushes that I found my painting vastly improve.
For the outside I used Paris Grey and on the inside Pure White. Let me say, I am not a fan of the colour grey but having seen the finished results of this paint, I am quickly changing my mind. As the drawer ornaments were not in good shape, I purchased a range of differing sized handles from IKEA.
For the decoupage on the inside, I used scrapbooking paper in shades of black and white and using Modge Podge, I glued them to the inner drawer fronts and to the rather shabby leather inset.
Although I am really pleased with how the piece turned out there is one thing that has always annoyed me about the bureau and that is when I use my laptop on it, I have next to no room for the mouse.
Since completing this project, I have purchased another bureau from a charity shop. This one has a much wider desk to it, giving ample room for my laptop and mouse mat. The little bureau, I have relocated to our bedroom, where it looks beautiful in it’s own little corner of the room. Not only that, it now offers me another location to work. That’s a win, win in my book.
Now it’s time to think about re-vamping the replacement!