Double Take: Junior Rolltop Desk Before & After

Happy Thursday everyone! The weather is beautiful here today in Baltimore, MD compared to the rainy mess yesterday. Since it was raining outside, I was forced to work inside.  We purchased a vintage junior rolltop on Craigslist over the summer to use in a 4 year-old boy’s bedroom. My first intention was to strip, sand, and stain it to replace the previous orange-y finish.

Junior Vintage Rolltop Desk

The top and the desk area fared well but the lower sides turned out to be of a lesser quality wood. In other words it was fake!

Junior Vintage Rolltop Desk

See, what I mean? I’m sure it would have looked lovely stained, but paint is a good friend when things don’t turn out like you planned. The rolltop desk was painted in a lovely shade of gray called Wet Pavement by Valspar in Satin Finish. We had leftover paint from painting the dining room and I barely used much of that since it covered so well. So without further ado, here’s the after:

Junior Rolltop Desk Before & AfterJunior Rolltop Desk Before & After

Isn’t it gorgeous!? Well I guess I can’t say gorgeous since it’s supposed to be for a boy. So we’ll just call it handsome. I’m continuing to put that wrapping paper to good use too! I really like it in the inside. I haven’t permanently glued it down with modpodge as of yet. I wanted to test it out first to see how much I liked it. What do you all think? Are the stripes too much? Milla is usually my voice of reason, and she’s pretty convincing at getting me to change things, but she said she liked it too.

Junior Rolltop Desk Before & AfterJunior Rolltop Desk Before & After

We love stripes! The red stripes add to the vintage charm of this rolltop desk. I hope the boy loves it just as much in his room.

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Posted on by Kahli Posted in Before & After Projects, DIY, Painting Projects

About Kahli

Kahli was born one minute after Milla. She is a pinterest addict and will dedicate numerous hours to cataloging inspiration.

55 Responses to Double Take: Junior Rolltop Desk Before & After

  1. Jill

    Staining all the grooves in the roll top portion would’ve been tricky – it looks lovely painted!

    • Kahli

      You’re probably right. I would have given up at that point and just painted it! :)

  2. Honey

    You did a lovely makeover on this desk. It looks terrific!

    Thank you for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday! I really appreciate you and your participation!

  3. debbie

    We had one of these desks back in the day. So sorry we got rid of it. Fantastic makeover. Thanks in advance for joining mew newbie party.

    • Milla

      Aww Debbie sorry you got rid of it. And no problem for joining the party. Thanks for hosting

  4. shelby@honeysuckle

    This is so great! I love the contrast with the red and white stripes!

    • Kahli

      Thanks for visiting Shelby and thanks for the sweet comment!

  5. Tina@PrettyUniqueFurniture

    Wow wow wow I LOVE this desk!! What a great shade of grey and the red stipes are fantastic you better be keeping them :)

    • Milla

      Tina we are definitely keeping them

    • Kahli

      Nope we’re not keeping the desk :(. It’s going to our godson’s bedroom.

    • Kahli

      Oh you were talking about the red stripes! Duh! Yes we are keeping the stripes lol.

  6. Inspire Me Heather

    Wow, just lovely! I do like your projects here – you do great stuff!

    • Kahli

      Thank you very much Heather. Glad somoene loves them :). Off to check out your site.

  7. Desiree

    Girls… You just got a STICKER!

    I love this sweet little desk! Featuring you ladies tomorrow.

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  9. Carol

    What a fantastic transformation! Thanks for sharing it at this week’s BFF Open House. Hope to see you again!!

  10. Vanessa

    That looks absolutely wonderful and the stripes were the perfect touch! Very handsome desk for sure. :-) Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

    • Milla

      Thanks very much Vanessa. Thanks for hosting!

  11. Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer

    Incredible transformation!It went from boring to fab. Love the inside, how creative. Would love it if you would post this at my Sunday’s Best Party. Sharing is a good thing!

    • Kahli

      I sure will as soon as I make it home! Thanks :)

  12. Meg

    It turned out great! I LOVE the stripes. Great idea! Did you paint them all on or is it a stencil or something? Great job with all of it!

    • Kahli

      Of course not! Lol it’s holiday wrapping paper from IKEA.

  13. Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano

    This looks amazing! Great job! And thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.


    • Kahli

      Oh no problem! Thanks for visiting Kelli!

  14. Grace

    Love the stripes – they make the desk an original with a good dose of personality.

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot Grace! We love the stripes too.

  15. Rosemary

    Nice bold touch with the stripe. Great color too.

  16. Lolly Jane

    Hi girls! New to your site…we’re identical twins too. LOVE it! Don’t you feel bad for all the singles out ther?! Haha!! 😉

    Awesome desk, great execution!

    Kelli & Kristi

    • Kahli

      Identical twins!! We love identical twins :). I do feel bad for single birth individuals, life is just so much better with a twin. Built-in bestfriends!

  17. Kammy from Kammy's Korner

    I’m in the process of making over a little secretary desk right now!!! So of course I had to click on this. Super cute! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to share this (and any other projects you might have) over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday on the Korner! Thanks!!!

    • Kahli

      I sure will link this project up! Doing it now :) Thanks for visiting!

  18. Gabby

    Wow! This looks amazing. Love the wrapping paper with the paint color. It’s so “handsome”!!!

    • Kahli

      Thanks so much Gabby! Off to visit your site :)

  19. Korrie@RedHenHome

    The stripes are a great finishing touch! Love it.

    • Milla

      Thanks for stopping Korrie!

  20. cassie

    another stellar piece! that is so darn cute= love the candy cane stripes that make it all the sweeter!

    • Milla

      Thanks a lot Cassie. You always stop by and its very much appreciated.

  21. Karen

    What a cute desk. The stripes just finish it perfectly!

    • Milla

      Thanks very much for visiting Karen.

  22. Erika@Thrifty and Fabuless

    Ladies this turned out amazing! Love those stripes. Well done :) And thanks so much for linking this up to Thrifty Thursdays.

    • Milla

      No problem. Thanks for hosting

  23. Marilyn

    This is amazing!! Wow.. Love it :)) Officially following ya with smiles..Lovely creative blog you have here..Found you over at Wow me Wed..I’m Marilyn and would LOVE for you to share this at my Pin’Inspirational Thursday linky party if you dont mind pweeease :))– TY,,

  24. sally

    I LOVE the stripes. That turned out great! I’ve been looking for a desk to refinish for my boys’room too. I found your blog from the Organize & decorate everything party. I love you to stop by my new blog too…

  25. Karen

    So cute! Thanks for sharing, it looks so fun.

    • Milla

      Thanks for hosting Karen!

  26. Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! I featured you at this week’s party! :)
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  27. michele

    absolutely love it! I love the combination of gray and the red/white stripes–so cute! Great job and thanks for sharing this week at Primp.

    • Kahli

      Thanks for visiting as always Michele!

  28. Marilyn

    Hello there.. I featured you as one of my favs from last week’s party.. Please stop in and grab a button.. Hope you can link up again via today.. TY

  29. Ginger

    Featuring YOU over on my blog today! Thank you so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party last week. :) Feel free to stop by & grab a featured button!

    Ginger @

    • Kahli

      Thanks Ginger. I grabbed our button :)

  30. Jamie

    It looks amazing. Love the stripes. Just discovered your blog and I love it. I’m a new follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog. I also have a link party every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  31. Angeline

    Great work on the desk – Love, love the stripes, paint color and hardware – so great! Super job!

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