I found this beautiful rolltop desk at Goodwill for an unbeatable price and grabbed it right up. It was missing all of its drawers and was looking a little tired, but I had an idea in mind so I took it home, disassembled it, and breathed new life into it.
Time: 5 Days Cost: $80 Difficulty: Medium
Before picture at Goodwill. The graining in the veneer is what caught my eye. All the drawers were missing, but for $20 it was well worth it.
I didn't realize it until I got it home, but the desk portion of it actually slides out for more writing surface.
I disassembled the whole desk and now it is waiting for new stain and some paint. I made a new base for it out of some oak plywood. This desk will look brand new!
I attached a set of new Queen Anne legs. Then I painted the desk with a coat of chalk paint, some wax, and a darker stain. I really could not be happier with the end result!