Within the last month or so my parents neighbors were about to move, so they asked if they could use our dumpster we have at the shop to throw away some of their big items. No problem, we said, then he quickly asked if we could help him load this old desk into the back of his truck as we walked toward his house. Desk, I could use a desk I thought. Once we cleared the tree line and came into sight of the desk it looked pretty promising…from fifty yards away! To my dismay it was one of those good from far, but far from good pieces. The good thing was it was in decent shape, the bad thing was it was one of those desk in a box type things. Almost completely made from particle board, mdf board, and veneer, in other words cheap! This thing easily weighed in at 200 pounds, 12 of it being real wood and 2 being the hardware. So it sat in my shop for a month now weighing in at 205 pounds, the 5 from a inch of dust it had collected. My wife’s birthday was quickly approaching and she had always wanted a roll top desk and I had one, well kind of. As I shuffled by it everyday, frequently using it as a coffee rest or a workbench, I thought to myself, how can I make this trash into a treasure. I thought, I’ll paint it and make it look old! Wait, you cant paint veneer it wont stick, or can you? Finally one day after gluing, sanding, prepping and tightening all the loose ends I decided to paint the first coat of black. It smeared everywhere, wasn’t drying at all, and just looked very amateur. Though disappointed, it was quite gratifying to paint over the made in China stencil on the bottom side. Yes, I even painted the bottom! Finally after the third coat it was starting to take shape and the drying time seemed to take forever. With a paint brush in one hand and a heat gun in the other I kept at it. A black base with a white topcoat then distressed to make it look like an eerie desk found shoved in the back of an old saloon from the 1800’s. WRONG! It looked like I painted a cow on a desk! Back to the drawing board. In all the hand me down paints I have in the shop I found this one that had a label on it like it was from the seventies. Fifteen minutes of prying the lid off finally reveled a aroma seeping from the can that smelled like a old muscle cars leather interior. I loved it. After four different colors, 7 coats of paint, 32 hours of work and a concoction of a glaze to age the top coat a little more, I’m done! Until I realized I had to coat the whole thing with a sealer. Needless to say I got it in the house before she arrived home and she was pleasantly surprised, she loves it. Enjoy.