One of my clients, a 13-year-old girl, wanted a roll top desk in her room. For kids, it’s like combining a desk with a toy. For parents, it’s a perfect way to hide all of those glitter pens, packed binders and messy notes in a flash. But the typical roll top desk can be, shall we say, old fashioned and dry. The solution, repaint it. This is not the “I need to kill an afternoon” type of DIY. It takes time, and patience. But the reward will give you something completely unique and fresh.