Antique Roll Top Desk Makeover Reveal – Part 2 {with outtakes}

If you missed Part 1 (the long saga of, “if it can go wrong, it will) of this roll top desk makeover, go here first.


Here’s where we left off…

After making a multitude of stupid mistakes, I had the base of the roll top desk painted, as well as the top, but the front panels of the roll top just seemed too bare, so I came up with an idea.


I decided to turn one of my antique advertisements (found here) into a vinyl stencil, and paint the image onto the panels.  I’d used the image before inside my pantry and loved it there, so I knew I would love it just as much added to the desk.  I wanted the desk to look like it had come out of the office of some old store, so using an image from a store that actually existed, once upon a time, would lend authenticity to the look.

I altered the image just slightly, and used the name of the business on one of the desk panels,

Antique Business Graphic on Roll Top Desk

and the remainder of the advertisement on the other panel.

Antique Business Graphic on Roll Top Desk

 So, are you finally ready to see what it looks like all done?  You’ve suffered through hearing about all my screw-ups and the process long enough.  It felt like it took forever to finish it, but it was actually just 2 days that I worked on it.


I’m so loving it!  I feel like the best parts of the original desk aren’t hidden, while the milk paint brought beauty to the rest of it, and hid the damaged areas.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint on Roll Top Desk

The antique business image added a little extra “something” that it needed, and I enjoy being able to pay tribute to an old business that once existed.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint o Roll Top Desk

The drawer knobs that I found at Hobby Lobby were perfect.  They look like vintage style knobs, and the black patina matches well with the paint.

Vintage Style Drawer Knobs via Knic of Time

Though these don’t match the knobs perfectly, these drawer pulls have the same patina and were perfect to use on the drawers.  They were 50% off, so they cost only $2.50 each.

Drawer Pulls with Label Holders

I used my antique paper image to create labels, so they have an aged look.

I made lots of variations – you can download the full-size labels here.

Printable Antique Style Labels

In the event I decide to get organized, the labeled drawers will help with that.

I’ll be returning this desk to my entryway, where it was before, but we’re getting ready to replace some trim and work on the concrete floor, so it had to be photographed outside.  It will be nice to finally get this room done, more than 2 years after we started working on it.

And now for some outtakes from my photo shoot…

My daughter’s dog decided he needed to plop himself smack dab in front of the desk.

Aside from the tall weeds by the house, my yard is normally a very pretty place to take photos, but my husband brought my daughter’s miniature horse into the front yard to eat some grass.

She’s sweet and cute, and normally I don’t mind her in the yard, except that meant I had to shoot my photos while trying not to step in this.  There were piles everywhere that I needed to place my tripod.  Of course, the flies were swarming there with her, so I had to keep shooing them away from the desk, and snapping each photo quickly, before they landed again.

Her other horse (a Quarter Horse) seemed entertained from the pasture, watching me try to keep the mini from knocking over my tripod.  That’s a day in the life of a country blogger.


Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint on Roll Top Desk





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  1. Such a heartwarming desk and beautifully redone, Angie.

    I love every detail you put into it so much that I featured your desk as a Friday Favorite today. I hope you stop by to see how I bragged about you. Have a wonderful creative weekend!


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