Office: how to finish it, refinish wood, etc.
My office has multiple woods in it--sort of a cobbled together thing. It would be a formal dining room, if we dined formally, but we don't (and it's an inconvenient distance from the kitchen, anyway).
The room is 14' x 14' and has two doors--one into the foyer and the other towards the basement door/bathroom/great room. There is one window with an eyebrow arch. It has 2" wood blinds on it, but no other window treatment.
My desk and hutch are oak--the surfaces are plywood, the trim is solid wood. The desk looks pretty worn. The lateral file cabinet and printer stand (which I use as a credenza), are also oak. The wood is absolutely beautiful on the file cabinet, so it will hurt to refinish it, but it doesn't fit with the bookcases, which have the "feel" I want for the room.
If I do paint/refinish these, what should I use? The desk gets lots of use.
I have dark bookcases from Ikea that I really like the look of. I also have a bookcase that is stained with a reddish tone.
I don't care if this room "goes with" other rooms in the house--this is *my* office and it only has to please me (unlike other rooms which have to please DH as well) So, it only needs to go with itself.
I'd appreciate suggestions on finishing the room off, whether I should refinish/stain the non-bookcase pieces, if I should do anything with the window, anything else you can think of.
The Ikea bookcases. Some shelves I'll clear out, but the games collection will stay (and doesn't fit behind doors).
From the foyer looking towards my desk area. The wall is way too empty but I'm not sure what I want there. The little table with the flowers on it doesn't have to stay--although I like having the flowers and the painting together. (The table is probably destined as a bedside table in the guest room.)
Looking into the corner of the room. The table with "all the stuff on it" doesn't stay--it's just living there until we get all our post-vacation stuff put away. The bookcase doesn't have to stay--I'm considering an chair and side table for that corner.
From the corner with the low bookcase looking towards the door towards the basement and great room door.
Looking from that doorway towards the window wall. The back of the file cabinet is unfinished, unfortunately.
p.s. The living room, rec room downstairs, and basement are all in varying degrees of decorating flux, including furniture on order. The kitchen isn't decorated at all. I'm trying to make myself focus on one room--and this is the room I don't need to get DH's participation in.