Before & After: Rolltop Desk Gets Youthful Makeover

Before & After: Rolltop Desk Gets Youthful Makeover

Colleen Quinn
Dec 9, 2011

Rolltop desks are a classic element for any office, but sometimes they can be a bit staid for a modern aesthetic, not to mention a bit big for a small space. This small-scale rolltop desk had wonderful lines and is perfect for a kid's room, but the horrid orangey stain really dated the piece. Thankfully, Baltimore designers Kahli and Milla had a plan modernize this vintage desk.

Though the original plan was to strip and restain this desk, it soon became apparent that quality issues with the base of the desk meant Kahli and Milla needed to move on to Plan B. Opting for a timeless light grey, the twins painted the entire desk the one color. To jazz up this desk intended for a lucky 4 year-old boy, they used a cheerful red and white striped paper to add a touch of color and whimsy.

For more pictures of this makeover, check out Design Par Deux: Double Take Junior Rolltop Desk. This piece is a great example of the power of paint to cover up a less than perfect finish. Choosing a classic piece to use in a kid's room also means it can more easily transition from childhood to adolescence than a piece specifically designed for a little boy's room.

Images: Design Par Deux.

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