My motto: It is easier to hide stuff, than to clean stuff.
So, searched for the perfect rolltop desk.
1. It has to be able to hide my stuff so I don't have to clean.
2. I prefer it to be small to be functional because Chief and I don't use desks anymore. We plop down on the couch to do any work. If we're serious, we use the dining table. But this is rare, too. So we need a "storage desk."
3. Should be kind of distinctive in features, not too generic and bulky.
So this is what I found:
It even had a cool pencil sharpener!
So this desk is from the 1950's. It was a child-sized desk used in a school. It passed my criteria for a redo:
1. It's old, but not too old where I would strip the value if I refinished it.
2. It's more valuable to me redone than as is.
It's not complete (still need to add more hardware and stuff), but here is progress!
What was done: sanded, hammered off old drawer handles, sanded, wiped clean, primed, sanded, primed, sanded, spray painted, sanded, spray painted, sanded, poly-acrylic added, sanded, sharpener in acid cleaner, scrubbed.
(Chief, you begged me to give you hints on what I wanted for Xmas. Maybe an orbital sander.)
To be done: add hardware, line drawers, maybe redo the whole color with an ivory rather than bright white...we'll see.