I love working on writing bureau's and despite the condition I got this one in, I was excited to give it a new lease of life. After fully stripping and priming, I used my own blend of General Finishes to create this light grey, and painted the whole exterior in it. I used gold gild to edge the drawers and also gilded the moulding which I added to the fold down. I restained the hardware in gold also to match. The interior was restained in Dark Walnut woodstain and I replaced the battered leather tooled top with a vibrant blue leather writing insert. The piece was sealed with High Performance Top Coat.