Here is a picture of the office before we bought the house:
We had replaced the fake wood floors with engineered wood floors when we first moved in, so that was already done.
First thing was sanding. Boy did I sand and sand and sand and probably should have sanded some more. After sanding the built-ins, cabinet doors and shelves, Jason said "what if we just painted it?", I said "WHAT? After all this sanding I just did?", at this point painting was no longer an option!
I first put on a coat of Mini-wax oil stain, 1/2 Walnut and 1/2 Ebony mix. Some parts absorbed the stain better than other parts, probably from lack of sanding good enough. So I debated whether to use General Finishes Gel Stain, but if I did that we wouldn't be able to see the wood grain, it would make it more of a solid paint like look, so I decided to use Mini-wax Poly-shades (a polyurethane with stain color in it) over the stain to help even it out.
You can see the difference on the photo above with me putting the Poly-shades over the stain on the shelves. And below you can see how uneven the doors took the stain, so I had to put on thicker coats of the Poly-shades to even it out.
Next, we decided to get rid of the current desk and start over with a newly built one, about a foot longer. We used plywood and casing molding around the edges. Then we stained it just like everything else.
I really liked the X pedestal legs I've been seeing on Blog-land and decided that it would be a nice modern touch to the room and something that we could build ourselves.
Next, choosing a paint color. I just kept thinking of a slate blue and I couldn't imagine anything else. I found the perfect color called Foggy Day by Sherwin Williams. We all really like it and Jason is really happy with it, and since he's my client, his opinion mattered the most!
We put everything back together. Almost all done but a couple things left to do, we want to put up trim around the window and get new office chairs and I need to put black and white photos in the new frames on the wall. So here are the after pictures before we installed the computer and printer onto the desk.
I hope you like it too!