I love bureaus - but I always think of them as quite masculine pieces of furniture, and when contemplating what colour to paint this piece - there was really no choice to make - it had to be Black! - I used Miss Mustard seeds Milk Paint in shade - Typewriter.
I gave it a quick rubdown by hand with a medium grade sandpaper, I removed the original handles, and replaced them to update it a little, but I decided to keep the original patina on the little cubbie holes.
You can see the contrast of the wooden cubbie holes against the black in this picture.
This bureau is currently for sale at Lovingly Made in the shop and also online.