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The story of two Teessiders and a Yorkshire Schnauzer turning their first house into their first home, one DIY project at a time.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Upcycled Bureau.


When we decided to turn the box bedroom into an office room, I was determined to find an old style writing bureau to upcycle. I searched all over and found that someone was selling the perfect one on eBay just 20 minutes down the road. 


When we got it home, my initial excitement about it had faded - the bureau was in desperate need of a clean and the previous owner, who it seemed had used the bureau to store sewing paraphernalia, had left all sorts of rubbish in the drawers. I set about hoovering out the drawers and cleaning the writing desk with sugar soap until it felt much cleaner and ready to upcycle! 

I decided to paint the desk itself and the inside of the bureau in Rust-Oleum Cocoa Furniture Paint and the rest of the bureau in Rust-Oleum Sage Furniture Paint. The Rust-Oleum furniture paint has a chalky, matt effect which is thick enough to paint straight onto furniture without any prep work. It's also a lot cheaper than some other chalky furniture paints. It dries quickly and I found that one coat was enough to create the coverage I was aiming for. Once complete, I gave the bureau a coat of clear wax, then sanded it to create a distressed look before giving it a final coat of dark wax.



To freshen the drawers up, I lined them with some spare Laura Ashley wallpaper I had using double sided tape to stick the paper down. Finally, I added some brass drawer knobs to finish the bureau, filled it with my craft supplies and decorated the top with an industrial style clock and other random artifacts. 

So far, it's my favourite upcycled piece in the house! 




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