Saturday, August 11, 2012

From Drabby to Shabby: Roll Top Desk

Here is my latest furniture makeover. 
Remember this roll top desk? 
 She's a great piece, just not my style. 

I saw her potential.  

I wasn't sure how difficult painting her would be. But I turned to my trusty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP)in Paris Gray and started painting. A few hours is how she turned out.

And the inside....

I painted the brass drawer pulls with Rustoleum Dark Bronze spray paint. I also thought it would be fun to paint the inside of the drawers in ASCP Duck Egg blue. 

And distressed.

I just adore her and all her shabby-chic glory.

My only dilemma now is do I keep her or do I sell her (gasp!)?


Courtney said...

Beautiful! I love the color you picked!

Mel said...

This is fantastic, I have a roll top desk to paint, was it hard getting up the top? It's what's been putting me off said...

I say "keep her!" She's gorgeous! Great job! I'd love for you to share this at my Twirl & Take a Bow linky party at It would make an awesome addition to the party! Hope you can stop by and join in!

suzyq said...

This is just so incredibly beautiful - I'd have to keep her!!!
I have been trying to source something exactly like this for a customer with no luck at all
Great great job!
I'm your newest follower - would love to have you come by for a visit and follow back when you can,

Erika said...

Thanks so much for commenting everyone!

@Courtney - thanks lady!

@Mel - it wasn't as hard as I thought painting the roll top part. I did take some watered down paint and a very tiny paint brush to get in the actual grooves of the rolls. Hope this makes sense! Oh - and I didn't wax the roll top but did everything else.

@Leslie - I will head on over and check our your linky party, thanks!

@Suzan - Thanks and welcome to my blog! I am heading on over your way right now....!

Mel said...

Oh good to know, thanks again for sharing and replying :)

Kristi Martone said...

Did you sand it first? What was your prep process? I am thinking of doing this to our little roll top. Any advice would be awesome!

Erika said...

@Kristi - There was no prep necessary since I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I did a quick wipe with a damp cloth to remove any dust and then got to painting. If you were going to use regular latex paint, I would imagine you would need to sand down the wood pretty well or even strip it? Hope this helps! Good luck with your project and please share the results!