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Child's Vintage Rolltop Desk

Vintage Effect Wash™

Child's Vintage Rolltop Desk
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Child's Vintage Rolltop Desk

Child's Vintage Rolltop Desk

designed by Jessica Alea

Here's a child's desk awash with charm using Vintage Effect Washâ„¢.

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Vintage Effect Wash™

  • Grey (DCW18)
  • Pink (DCW04)
  • White (DCW02)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • sandpaper (220-grit)
  • paintbrush (or dry rag)
  • small craft brush
  • clean cloth
  • rolltop desk (child's: with matching chair)


  1. Prepare the desk by removing drawers and gently sanding surfaces. Wipe away the grit and sanding sawdust residue. (If there is a chair, do the same to the chair.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Paint the desk's outside surface with Grey and then wipe excess off with a dry rag and/or brush until the desired look is achieved. Repeat if necessary. Using White, dry-brush from the outside in creating an ombre effect. Wipe excess away as necessary using the dry rag and/or brush.
    Step 1 Example
  3. For the desk inside, paint the surface Pink using the craft brush and wipe off the excess using a dry rag and/or brush. Paint the center of the inside with White, working the paint out to the edges using a dry rag and/or brush and making the furthest edge the most pink.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Repeat the step above for the chair. (See photo for color placement.) Allow to dry and highlight and touch-up paint, where needed.
    Step 3 Example