With the exception of the grey weathered stuff, I'm not a lover of natural looking wood. I blame oak kitchens and the ubiquitous pine panel basement. Which is why when I see wood I'm moved to paint or stain it a non-wood colour.
I did the dining room table grey and dry brushed it with white. For the writing table I wanted to do something a little bolder.
I stained it with Minwax water based wood stain in "deep ocean". I had been thinking about using this colour on my future kitchen cabinets so I thought I'd do a test run with it on the desk. As usual I faltered a bit after the first coat. Once the second coat was dry I concluded that the colour was perfect.
Now I just have to send Limey upstairs to drag out my heavy behomoth Kenmore sewing machine to place on top.