My hobby last week was this rolltop. It was a honey-colored wood to begin with, but I prefer dark wood. I painted the rolltop white, which I wasn't sure how well it would work out, but it worked out great. The rolltop works better now than it did before, especially after I tidied up the roll mechanism and waxed the channels. After painting it, I antiqued it because I love that look! Such a great desk for organizing those pesky bills!