An inspirational image from Farrow and Ball: The drawers and mirror were painted in Elephants Breath eggshell to match the woodwork. Adding new handles and a glass top to the drawers, and a hand made silk lamp shade, finished it all off.
Making Wood Last With Fire, Not Paint: A Japanese Technique --- Today Shou Sugi Ban is an environmentally friendly way to preserve timber and (paradoxically) make it fire-resistant. Chemical preservatives, paints, and retardants are therefore unnecessary. In addition to exterior uses, the popular technique is now found in interior rooms, furniture, and artwork.