Mahogany Beetle Bureau


Vintage mahogany veneer bureau painted in a shade called Carved Stone,  with added abstract stencils  and quirky beetle knobs.

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A vintage mahogany veneer bureau, probably early 20thC but possibly later. This is in good, solid, stable condition, and all the drawers run smoothly.

We have sanded and restored the veneer on the top, front and drawers of this piece and painted the rest in Carved Stone Period Emulsion. I added a  more contemporary stencil to the drawers in the same paint colour to mix things up a bit, and the whole piece has been sealed several times with a neutral wax.

The interior has been painted in Clay emulsion and the scriver has been painted in Annie Sloan Olive chalk paint and stencilled in the same design in Clay. It has also been protected by several coats of neutral wax.

The final touch was the ‘beetle knobs’ zoom in to get the full impact!

I can’t even count how many bureaus I have upcycled over the years, but I always try to do something a little different with each one. The veneered variety are often beautiful wood but fiendishly difficult to preserve, which often dictates the design, particularly as the darker woods are not popular. I was delighted to be able to save so much of this one.

Dimensions: Width 82cm; Depth 47cm and Height 101cm.