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.