- Remove all drawers from the desk. If possible, take off all the handles using a screwdriver.
- Apply stripper to all wooden areas. Begin with the small draws. Apply the stripper with a clean cloth and separate the drawers and desk on a tarp or drop cloth.
- Apply stripper to the roll top area. Slowly move the slats down, applying the stripper as the edges become visible.
- Scrap off the old finish. Once the stripper has stood for the recommended time, use a small scraper to remove the finish from the pieces in the order the stripper was applied. Work slowly on the roll slats, scraping one edge at a time.
- Sand the wooden areas. Use a small piece of sandpaper to sand the slats of the roll top first. A sander may be used to lightly sand off any remaining finish from the rest of the pieces.
- Stain the desk. Apply a coat of stain to each of the pieces, including the slats. Use a small brush or rag to get into the small areas. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours.
- Complete the project by applying a coat of lacquer over the stain. Use a small paint or artist brush to get between the slats.
Things You Will Need
- Tarp or drop cloth
- Wood stripper
- Clean white cloths
- Some roll tops are removable from the desk. Remove the piece if possible to make the project easier to access.