Commissioned duck egg blue drawers

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Our client came in and discussed with us a set of drawers she was looking at getting revived, believed to have been originally made of fijian kauri it was solid quality piece of furniture that however no longer fitted in with the decor. It required some slight repair work around the drawers and stoppers but when we saw the photo come through our inbox, we saw french provincial and knew it had potential to be an amazing revival.  Our client came into the gallery and saw the duck egg blue colour swatch, a colour she was comfortable and familiar with and we were excited that she was wanting to work with it on such a large piece. We spoke about various finishes and aged looks, together we decided that the piece would suit a lightly aged finish to add depth to the colour and break it away from being one large solid block of colour. The detailing and craftsmanship on the drawers also called for it to be revived into a newly authentic period style piece.

We recommended that the knobs be changed out to complete the revival. We looked through a range of different options together and decided that pewter would  best suit the look and style we were after as well as tie in with the room it was going into which had tones of pewter.

We narrowed it down for our client and made recommendations for her to choose from two different styles of solid pewter knobs. Our client made a beautiful choice in choosing these fluted pewter knobs which tie in beautifully with the leaf detailing on the side of the drawers and complete this revival and its period look. 

The entire dresser was hand painted in a duck egg blue, using brushwork to create texture and depth. It was then lightly distressed and aged using various techniques and wax systems.  The inner drawers were detailed in a matt off white, a beautiful pairing of colours creating a soft contrast as well as being a suitable clean crisp colour for storing linen /clothes. 

It was lovely to be able to deliver the revival and see this piece take her place beautifully in the room, no longer as the odd one out but as a beautiful character piece in the room in her own right. We loved working on this project for our client and watching it slowly transform into a Taylored Revival. Another one we are very proud of.

The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon making and making and providing the highest quality decorative paints and tools for homes and all types of spaces. Born out of a rich heritage of bespoke furniture and interiors through the merging of Taylored Revival and Vintro Paint NZ and with several decades of experience we are unashamedly focused upon luxury DIY products and in helping people achieve bespoke looks in their interiors. 


As NZ's only bespoke paint manufacturer making our flagship Premium Chalk Paint we combine technology with our fine tuned natural skills. We use advanced machinery with an exact accuracy measured within less than a ¼ of a ml and use a custom formulation database with complex colours formulated by hand; most of which can't be replicated by machines. We are a proud NZ company who promotes and uses local suppliers and products wherever possible. We also aim to have a positive impact on environment through low VOC paints, minimised wastage and smart use of materials.


To provide the best possible experience for our customers we have also curated artisanal tools including the world renowned Staalmeester brushes which work in perfect  unison with our Premium Chalk Paint and otehr ranges with there rich and creamy consistency. From the advanced bristle materials through to the  INOX steel ferrules it all really helps to achieve the best results, and yes brushes do make a big difference to your painting experience and finish.

Aside from our unique range of products, we are also proud of our decades worth of experience in the field of decorative painting and training. Having been recognised locally and overseas for these efforts has also led us to directly train over three thousand people and paint over two thousand bespoke furniture or interior pieces for clients.

Heritage of Taylored Revival


Taylored Revival or TR as it was known by its regulars was a family business started in a garage in East Auckland in 2012. A leading decorative painting studio which undertook thousands of commissions projects over the years and was considered the leading Chalk Paint retailer in the Australasian region. Progressing through the years from a small retail store in Whitford through to a large format 300m2 retail site in Botany. Take a quick look at the history and the prequel to The Artisan Company below.