It was a great surprise. She loved her family very much, and to see her so happy surrounded by family made me very happy.
Here is the desk in its before state.
Yes, you are seeing correctly, there is a big hole in the roll top
This hole is the result of a massive brain-fart. We wanted to drill a hole in the back to clean up computer cords. Unfortunately we spaced the fact the the roll top laid down the back of the desk when opened- We had the top open when we decided to drill. Ooops.
I wanted to try a very light gray paint on this piece. I used Nebulous White (SW7063) then simply sprayed the current hardware flat black.
And to deal with the hole, I purchased one of those wood thingies from Home Depot and used Liquid Glue to hold in in place.
And the photo....
I placed it back in the desk when I put it together. I think my Grandmother would appreciate the gesture. Maybe, down the line, some one else will open the desk and see the original owner.