I think it's pine, not oak..how can I make it 'more purty?' (pix)
My DH and I got this big, heavy roll top desk recently. It has character, but I don't know what the next step is to keep it nice. It's a bit dark, and it seems to have quite a few knotholes.
I'm fairly sure it isn't oak...but how can I tell???
The white spots on it in the "open" photo look like paint marks. How do I get rid of the white paint marks without ruining anything?
I'm also not crazy about the pull knobs or handles. How can I change them out and not have any problem with the color of the wood behind the handles?
Still, it's sturdy and what I was looking for considering I couldn't afford oak.
The photo of it "closed" makes the desk look a bit lighter than it really is.
What do I do next? Do I put some kind of finish on it to protect it or ? How do I know if it already has a finish? To my untrained eye, it doesn't have a finish because I don't notice anything shiny or satin on the wood...it's kinda dull.
I'd really appreciate any help you could give me!
Thanks so much!!!!