Writer’s block: the vintage solution

(Above: Vintage writing bureau, from Peeling Paint. Restored with Farrow & Ball paint)
My writer’s block has been solved with this vintage oak writing bureau that dates back to the 1930s. Now if that won’t inspire me, don’t know what will. Found and snapped up on eBay (my first eBay purchase) from Peeling Paint.
(Above: the bureau opens up to create a little writing space)

(Above: the crystal handles)

(Above: the original antique key)
I was a little concerned that it might look out of place in my relatively modern-interiored apartment, but I also think every home should have a fine antique or two. And, it works – doesn’t look out of place at all. As Wendy, who runs Peeling Paint, emailed: “How lovely to imagine you working away on your little vintage bureau. Imagine how many people have done the same over the years.”

It must have worked some magic – I’ve had three commissions from editors in the last fortnight, so it’s working. Say hello to the Magic Bureau That Brings Good Luck.

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10 Responses to "Writer’s block: the vintage solution"

  1. Sarah says:

    Fashion it's lovely! I love the celadon/faded duck egg blue colour you've used for it/him. Antique furniture adds gravitas but the colour stops it being too solemn. When did we start thinking thus? XXX

  2. Bromeliad says:

    what a pretty piece. And nice to think of all those in the past who sat there musing.

  3. nq says:

    it definately is just lovely

  4. Lindsey says:

    What a lovely find! It's gorgeous.

  5. Déborah says:

    so beautiful! reminds me of the one at my grandmother's house in paris, but the blue crystal handles make it even more charming!

  6. Torie Jayne says:

    Great find, so pretty, Have a sweet day!

  7. Huma says:

    Thank you everyone – I'm working on it right now, and yes, it's quite a treat. Now the next thing I need is some nice prints to hang above it – already working on it!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Is that a chalkboard I spy in the background?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Would you divulge the Farrow and Ball paint color that you used? Thanks!

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