Over this past week, I have been undertaking a little upcycling project to transform my bureau into something more in keeping with our newly decorated lounge. The bureau was the first piece of furniture I bought for our new house when we moved in 13 years ago, it was second hand and I carefully, sanded, primed and varnished it to complement our lounge. The bureau is the hub of my life and I sit at it daily to write, organise and plan. It also contains so many treasures and memories, as well as every essential.
The upcycling was a simple job to undertake and a good distraction. I chose a paint by Rust-Oleum, clotted cream, which didn’t need the bureau to be sanded or primed but simply painted and then finished with varnish. The paint has a chalk like finish but must be stirred carefully or it can become quite lumpy in places. I used 2 coats all over the bureau.
The children were both keen to help me in this project so there are a couple of (hidden) places where the finish is not quite as precise as I would have hoped. Its a compromise I was happy to make. I took the children individually to the garage where we chatted and worked, simple pleasures and its lovely to see how proud they are of their work. In addition to the paint and varnish, I also changed the handles for a slightly different look.
My bureau is a treasure trove of my special things, below is a small selection of some of the things I keep in it. Firstly is the bag of chargers, I have them organised and neatly labelled. Next to the bag is a postcard by Matisse, I saw this painting in L’Orangerie in Paris when I was 20 and loved it, I’ve had the postcard ever since. I have quite a few special postcards of paintings, people, patterns, inspiring quotes etc.. in my bureau. Some I send to friends, often for no reason just to let them know I’m thinking of them, others I keep and others become book marks! The plastic folder is full of articles in magazines or newspapers that I’ve enjoyed, cards from friends, tickets from special events, a little memory box to make me smile. My Filofax and Clipbook are the key to my organisation and used daily, I’ve tried to streamline into one but I prefer both, the Filofax is for dates and deadlines, the Clipbook for more creative projects. The small notebook computer is my daily computer for admin and bits and pieces. Our family computer and accessories are elsewhere so this computer is simply mine for admin and it’s size makes it convenient and accessible. I cannot resist good stationery and I have a lot of pencil cases and pens and pencils, . This is my favourite pencil case at the moment by Poppy Treffey which stays in my bureau, I also have a small pencil case in my bag (Cath Kidston) one for my work bag (gold Sparkles) etc.. I am addicted! The small make up bag contains aromatherapy oils, as I often diffuse them at my desk. I bought this in Melbourne on our first trip to Australia, my family nickname is Skippy hence the design. The bits and pieces bag does as it says, glue, sellotape, blue tac, scissors, tippex, stamps, small sewing kit etc.. The letter rack is for daily admin, cards to be sent, correspondence cards and even a cheque book for those really rare times when you have to pay by cheque. For some random reason I also keep the name labels here, I always seem to be labelling something. There are always lots of little me things in my bureau, pin badges, photos, stickers, candles etc..
I am really pleased with my little upcycling project, the colour works well in the new lighter room and I feel back at home in my little corner.