This desk came from my great-grandmother, so I don't want to destroy it but I do want it to fit in better with our modern furniture and mid-century character. To the left of it is an Eames-style chair. I was thinking about using liquid sandpaper to sand it and then paint it black or should I stain it? I hate the handles so they will be changed probably to knobs and I hate the gold flair. I do not mind that there are chips and cracks in the wood because it adds character. Any ideas or opinions?