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How to Paint a Roll-Top Desk

Using paint and glaze, this roll-top desk gets a cleaned-up look fit for a modern office.

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roll top desk gets cleaned up look
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  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Sand the Surface and Apply the Base Coat

Sand the surface of the desk until smooth.

Remove the hardware, then apply the base coat with a 6 1/2" seamless foam roller, then allow to dry.

Step 2: Paint the Hardware

Paint the hardware using silver paint.

sand surface of desk until smooth

Step 3: Apply the Glaze and Reattach the Hardware

Mix several drops of violet and black tint into half a painter's bucket of latex glazing liquid.

Apply the glaze in small sections, then wipe off with cheese cloth.

Apply glaze to the hardware.

After the glaze is dry, reattach the hardware.

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