Updating an Oak Roll-top Desk

Guess when this picture was made? Happy Halloween!

This old desk is a great hiding place for my bills and other paperwork.  It’s in excellent condition but I was so tired of the light oak finish.

Of course I started with a coat of Kilz primer.  I don’t think there is anything repainted in my house that doesn’t have a base coat of Kilz!

Next coat is Valspar’s Soul Chocolate from Lowes.  I knew that I wanted the end result to be a barn red, but I also wanted the brown to show through in spots.

Two coats of Valspar Reserve Heirloom Red (could not find Reserve on Lowe’s website, may be renamed Signature) and I’m loving the look…except for the hardware.  I hated the brown color. Time to pull out the tried and true Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic spray paint!

Much better!  Hard to see in the pictures because of all the natural light, but I painted sparingly in spots so the brown would show through just a tad.  I like the result; it doesn’t look so newly painted this way.

I didn’t mind that the inner panels were left unpainted.  I had read about others who painted the entire inside and then had problems with the top rolling smoothly. So, I opted to leave the side and back with the original oak finish.

Love, love, love how it turned out.  It’s actually brighter red than it seems here.  Again, too much natural light for a good picture.

How brave are you when it comes to painting?  Are you fearful or fearless???

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