Commissioned Vintage Desk

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Our client used this desk daily for their work but was looking as part of a refresh of the room to restyle it. Given it was a functional piece lots of thought went into the colour pairings and also in making it a robust timeless design.

Each draw was removed and stripped of hardware and then finished in a black internal with carefully layered waxwork to give it durability, as well as giving it a modern edge and contrast to the externals.

Our client wanted a highly distressed finish, and to ensure we got the correct level of distressing, it was agreed that our client would be called in during this process to make sure we were on the same page.

When our client came into review we discussed the various levels of distressing and how it would effect the overall look and we gave our recommendations. Our client was able to get a better idea of the end result which was a distressed yet refined piece. 

The tray knobs were originally silver and were hand painted and dulled down to match the rest of the vintage hardware, a low cost but very effective way for this revival and a great way to pull things in together. 

The end result of which we at TR are very proud of is a beautifully functional desk with loads of storage and character, all with a modern twist and something which will now take pride of place as a central component of the room makeover.


The Artisan Company is a New Zealand owned and based company focussed upon 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 own exclusive formulations including 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. Our trademarked FLOWplus® technology further differentiates our range being built in from the ground up and allowing our thick full bodied and highly pigmented paints to mould and flow effortlessly. 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.