I pondered what to do with this desk for days. The drop front panel was veneer & had issues on both sides. I really wanted to keep the closed front. I had an idea I could strip &/or sand down the damaged veneer then adhere a piece of embossed wall covering. (heavy and paintable, looks like tin tiles) But...it didn't turn out that way.
I had a can of RittenHouse Blue historical paint, which was looking a gray slate blue/green & this piece of furniture said "no way, looks too close to avocado to me!"
So now she is open and showing off her cubbies, shabbily pretty, all painted up in French County Blue, edges sanded & waxed all over. Just waiting on some glass knobs which I plan to get tomorrow.