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Modern Bureau

Add a hit of black and red for a dramatic effect.

This bureau dates from the 1950s and paint expert Annie Sloan felt it would benefit from a slick and shiny modern look, rather than a distressed and shabby one. This style of writing desk is a great opportunity to create a bright interior and make some surprising colour contrasts. She painted the exterior black and added a pop of red inside. The inside of the bureau is now rather like the red silk lining of a tuxedo, states Sloan in her book.

See more from Annie Sloan's book, Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, in our photo gallery.

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