Rolltop Desk Makeover

Reb Shiflett
by Reb Shiflett
I had been wanting a roll top desk to protect my home office from my minions of darkness - I mean "darling little kitty-cats" - so when I saw a neighbor trying to get rid of one I jumped on it. I gave it a makeover to make it fit in with my other furniture.

Before picture 1

Before picture 2

Suspect 1: Pharaoh - the ring leader!

Suspect 2: - Coco Puff - caught in the act!!

Suspect 3: - Angus - repeat offender!

I stained the roll top a mahogany red and the rest just painted satin black. I think the new drawer pulls are super-cute.

I have to admit, I got a bit anxious to finish so the edges of the stained portion got a bit smudged, but overall it's fine. If it really bothers me later, I'll touch it up.

I'll post a pic of the interior after the spray paint dries and I can put the divider set back in.
Ok, so it's been awhile since I originally posted this project, but I finally got around to doing the interior. I ended up using some copper contact paper I found at Home Depot, and spray painting the insert off-
white, so it would be easier to see stuff in the back of the shelving. I love the copper! It's so pretty, I'm glad I splurged the $12 for it.

I didn't mind that the drawer pulls aren't copper, but now I'm thinking I may keep my eyes out for some copper ones to match the interior.
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  • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on Apr 18, 2017

    Really nice, I love it Did you use chalk paint, or something else? I love everything copper, so I'll be looking for that contact paper next time I'm at HD. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Cheryl Pitrone Macari Cheryl Pitrone Macari on Oct 10, 2019

    I just bought a roll top like this. How did you stain the roller top? Some people say they remove it. Before staining did you have to sand it?

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  • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on Feb 21, 2017
    Love the minions, I'm sure they were helpful during this process, if I can judge by my 4. Also love the desk, please post pics of the interior soon, as I'm about to tackle my own roll top that stands out like a sore thumb in my studio. I'm having trouble picturing how to do the inside so that it goes with my outside plans.
    • Reb Shiflett Reb Shiflett on Apr 17, 2017
      Sorry, it took so long to post, but I've finally got the interior posted
  • Nicolette Spargo Nicolette Spargo on Feb 22, 2017
    Fantastic job!! Your post made me smile, love the pictures of the kitties :)