Gustavian Style Desk

Gustavian Style Desk’s are an obsession of mine especially the antique variety.  While Swedish antique style is often associated with a light and elegant look, blues are also a predominant color.


This picture from one of my favorite books, Reflections on Swedish Interiors, just kept haunting me. The inspiration has great patina, multiple colors, and simple yet elegant hardware. I was searching for the right piece of furniture to replicate this look.

Before I found the furniture, we practiced the patina with a sample board.

When I found this slant top desk, I knew it would be perfect.


We added one simple rosette (R6) with a traditional urn pattern that was a common icon in Gustavian times.

We used Chalk Paint® in Aubusson Blue with a dry brush of Louis Blue, clear and dark wax, and King’s Gold gilding wax on the hardware and the Efex urn.

When finished, just enjoy the bragging rights.



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