Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ayudame! por favor!

Project time! And I need your help. Mama's getting an office. Because working (oh fine and crafting) at the dining room table isn't working for me. Sticky kid fingers on my laptop, J growing increasingly unhappy with my stacks of felt and glue sticks in the dining room, the like. So the loft, formerly known as the collecting place of riffraff furniture, is slowly becoming my office. Very slowly. Meaning, right now, it contains two chairs and a tangle of cords I think is part of something called our modem. Whatever that is.

Anyway. So last month, I scored a great solid wood table/desk off Craigslist for $50 (STEAL!) The paint was in awful condition (three layers of blobbed on awfulness, to be exact), so I've (HAHAHA I mean J has) spent the past few weeks stripping and sanding it down. And now it's sitting all lonesome-like out in our garage on a tarp looking like so:

The top picture is the desk. The other three pictures are what a desk looks like when you've got a three year old. "CHEESE! CHEESE! MAMA LOOK AT ME!"

So. Now what do I DO with this desk of mine? I'm having the wood-finishing equivelent of writer's block (painter's block?) I can't picture the finished desk, and I'm afraid of making the wrong choice and having it end up back out in the garage for sanding/staining/sitting on a tarp round 2. I need to get a move on.

Here's the space it's going into. Obviously, this is a picture the builder took a few years before we moved in, because there are no Goldfish ground into the carpet or errant blocks thrown about like you'd find now. Or riffraff furniture.
It's very .... woody, you see? I'd like to play that down a bit, if such a thing is even possible. So no wood stains. My initial thought was a creamy white color for the desk. The wall (not pictured) is a dark chocolate brown and is NOT getting repainted since it goes all the way on down to the main floor and into the kitchen. So I thought the creamy white might lighten things up a bit, and I could do fun light colored picture frames all over the wall. But then, of course, I went on Pinterest and saw gray desks and blue desks and green desks and got all kinds of confused/overwhelmed. Do I go with color? Do I do some antique finishing treatment? Black? Hot pink with gold sparkles? WHAT?

So here I am. Begging you. Tell me what to do with my desk. And my office as a whole. And my life, if you're so inclined.

Thank you kindly.

12 comments:

Tabatha said...

I saw something in another blog (it *gasp* wasn't on Pinterest!) where this gal painted a dining room a watered down blue color. It was practically white. Veeeeeeery pretty. I'll have to hunt it down and send it to ya.

Lauren said...

Eh, while I am a fan of fun colors I think in the case of your desk it should be a light color. Like a white, cream, neutral. Then I would add color in with accessories, because even then its easier to swap out if you decide you don't like the color. Good luck and can't wait to see the finished room.

brittany said...

I think you should do a funky neon blue color! I also like the idea of lime green. We are in the process of making me a craft room! Ben is tired of looking at my glue gun, spray paint, and fabric all over the place. He is also a little upset that I may have hot glued our couch! oops!

Teresa said...

I wonder if an eggplant would be a pop of color that still blends with the existing colors- that's probably the direction I'd go. A random kitchen chair from a yardsale spraypainted a cream color with a cute chair cushion.

Can you snag an Ikea expedit shelf of CL? Those are so cheap and handy for storage/ baskets.

Bravo on the table- it looks great!

Our little family four said...

I actually just came across this website yesterday and I think it may just change my life. Hope this helps you a bit. They transformed furniture that surely should have been in the landfill....or so I thought. Good luck! http://www.sweetpickinsboutique.com/

Erin D.

JackAus said...

You could do a cranberry or dark red type (picturing your front door) or do the creamy white with a distressed look to it. Pinterest has a thing on how to do distressed using a candle.

Laura said...

I would definitely go with a creamy white on the desk. Especially with the dark wood tones you already have. Color everything else up with accessories, but I think big pieces of furniture should always be neutral.

jennputney said...

I think a red would be great! I also think a white wash, distressed look could be really cool! Good luck!!

Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy said...

I vote for creamy white with hints of light blue and other colors brought in by fabrics. THIS! Your house is a flippin DREAM my friend. I love it. I have an entire pinterest board that basically looks just like it called If I had a Million Dollars. When I was house hunting the wood ceiling/ rock fireplace combo was my favorite. Check it out for some inspiration.

Lisa said...

Yeah I think cream or black would be best. You'll be looking at it every time you go up and down those stairs and I'd want something more neutral. Pull in fun colors with accessories or an upholstered chair (target, pier one have cute upholstered chairs in fun prints). I am sure you could find something that goes with the rustic look but also fun and "mandie-ish" too. :)

Good luck with the wahm thing. What are you doing? It is soooo exhausting! Hope you are able to find a good balance. And if you do, write and fill me in with your tips! :)

Peg said...

I would definitly go with COLOR. Add some pop to the room. The desk doesn't look ginormus,so it won't be an elephant in the room. Good luck and make sure you keep us posted.

Verna said...

I'd go with white myself. I like white and brown together. Better than grey and brown.