Gorgeous Makeover for a Roll-Top Desk

Lauren from The Thinking Closet had been checking Craigslist for a roll-top desk when her in-laws offered her one they had.  Free furniture is awesome!  Lauren loved the idea of having lots of storage space that was easily concealed…but didn’t love the original oak finish.


Instead of keeping the wood tones, Lauren decided to completely refinish the desk in a pallet of white, gray, and aqua blue.  Most of the desk is painted in gray and white, but she made sure the drawers would have a pop of aqua when opened.  The side panels of the roll-top and the cork board inside got a pretty scalloped stencil.  Lauren spray painted some of the original hardware silver, and replaced some of it with handsome silver drawer pulls.  What a fresh, new look!


If you love this roll-top makeover and want to get more details on its new look, click over to The Thinking Closet.


  1. Thanks for the grand feature, friends at Roadkill Rescue! You know how to get a girl’s week off to a fantastic start!

    • Glad you approve! This is really, really amazing. Now I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for roll tops!

  2. While this was a fine desk to start with, you made it your own and to match your nautically themed bedroom. Refreshed, renewed, recycled! I bet this new workplace inspires many new ideas and writings!

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