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Frottaged and Stencilled Bureau

by Annie Sloan

Bureaus like this are terrific to paint. They have lots of large surfaces, including the front ‘lid’ which can act like a picture with a frame so you can do something quite decorative on it. Here Annie painted her bureau using both frottage and stencilling to make a scene on the front of the drawers.

Frottaged bureau painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan with Wall Paint in French Linen

Annie painted this bureau using both frottage and stencilling. The body of the desk was first painted in Chalk Paint® in Olive. Annie then painted over this with Greek Blue diluted with water. Working in sections, she pressed crumpled newspaper over the still-wet blue paint and rubbed it down before peeling it back. The result is a randomly textured surface showing both colours to a greater or lesser extent.

Frottaged bureau painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan with Wall Paint in French Linen

For the fronts of the drawers, Annie applied her Trees Stencil using a number of Chalk Paint® colours to bring the scene to life. Everything is sealed with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax for protection.

The wall behind is painted with Wall Paint in French Linen.

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Frottaged bureau painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan with Wall Paint in French Linen
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