Duck Egg Bureau

Gaz’s most recent project has been this lovely bureau:

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Initially it smelled a little musty so I did some research into how to get rid of the odour. A lot of the advice said to leave it out in the sun for a day – not much chance of that with all the rain we’ve been having!! However I discovered that charcoal briquettes would absorb the smell if left inside the drawers and cabinet for at least 24 hours. Apparently coffee granules also do the same!

I therefore stuffed the bureau full of barbecue briquettes – at least they are getting some use in this weather!

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To my amazement, the charcoal worked!! What I love about this trick is that you can still use the briquettes on the barbecue afterwards so nothing goes to waste.

After a good clean, the bureau was ready for painting. We have recently discovered Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. It is totally amazing as it will paint over most surfaces, usually without the need for any sanding or priming. It also comes in the most fabulous colours!

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Gaz decided that he wanted to paint the bureau Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue.

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My mum had given me some gorgeous tassels which we had been desperate to use for a while. We thought this one would make a lovely handle for the bureau as unfortunately it is missing a key:

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We decided to painted the interior a cream colour to compliment the tassel.

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We finished off with Annie Sloan’s clear wax to protect the paintwork and enrich the colour.

And here is the finished bureau! I just love the colour – what do you think?

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