Roll Top Desk Makeover

I love trying new products and this milk paint is one I've wanted to try for years. Milk paint goes on smoothly and was the perfect paint to use on this roll top desk makeover. 

Roll top desk before photo

Today I'm working on a roll top desk using Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter and a bonding agent.

This small roll top desk was adorable to begin with but I knew that painting it black would make it fantastic!

While you're scrolling please pay attention to the bold links which will give you more information and the products I used for this project.

I love Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint so I'm trying it with the bonding agent today because I didn't want the chippy look on this project.

black roll top desk painted with milk paint

The paint went on smoothly and covered well in two coats.

No chipping but I did have some white residue when the paint was wet which when I brushed it in went away. 

Possibly a little too much bonding agent, I never measure which is why I'm not a very good cook.

Front view of roll top desk with white knobs

When the paint was dry I waxed the desk with clear wax.

I added white glass knobs and I'm thinking about this drawer liner, after all, the color is called Typewriter.

Open drawer with typewriter key lining.

This cute little roll top desk is now an awesome little roll top desk.

Here are a few more DIY desk makeovers you may be interested in seeing. 

Finished black roll top desk.

Open view of black roll top desk.

Pinterest pin showing before and after photo

If Milk Paint is your thing then check out these projects that were all done using milk paint of one kind or another. 

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. That IS an awesome roll top desk! I love what you did with it!

  2. Typewriter is the most beautiful color! Love that paper in the drawer. Just perfect.

  3. Love it, love the drawer, pinning tomorrow on big computer.

  4. Oh my gosh - that is absolutely gorgeous !!!
    What a beautiful transformation and that paper in the drawers is just perfection
    ( I don't measure anything either - I eyeball everything - which is awful when you're hanging pictures LOL )

  5. What a transformation~ That is just gorgeous!

  6. Love the desk in Typewriter! Where do you find the papers you use for liners?

  7. Another gorgeous makeover! You're on a roll!


  8. Jaw drop.... you took this piece from granny's garage to total stardom! What a now stunning piece! LOVE the drawer paper... perfection, Susan!

  9. love the redo, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know, another great piece

  10. Hi Susan, the desk looks great, I have a desk similar to yours and I would like to paint it and I’m just not sure if I need to take it apart to paint the roll top or paint it intact. Would you be able to advise me before I start please.

    1. Hi Libby, I did not take it apart. I just painted it while the roll top was down and was careful to reach all the way up inside with my paintbrush. Send me a pic I'd love to see yours! Thanks for visiting!

  11. Do you think you could use spray chalk paint or would it be too hard because of all of the small spaces?

    1. I don't see why spray chalk paint wouldn't work. I would give it a try!

  12. Hi! I see that this is an old post so a response might be unlikely— but I was researching how to refinish my roll top desk and stumbled upon your gorgeous work! This desk turned out beautifully and it is exactly the look I’m going for with mine. Do you mind sharing where you found the white knobs? And also, how did you paint the roll top without it sticking together or jamming the track? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Julie! I hope you're seeing this too! I painted the desk with a milk paint which is a pretty thin paint so there was absolutely no issue with sticking or jamming. The white knobs can be found at if they still have them. I hope this helps :)


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