Fold-Up Pallet Desk - 21 Creative DIY Upcycle Projects - MY twist on this for my room that I have to double as a craft room. Id use a smaller upper portion, just to display pictures, and have the lower part to still come down into a desk.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to "quick weather wood" to look much like driftwood! Remove finish on wood with ratio of baking soda and water. Spray with vinegar and let sit minutes. Then scrub it off with a brush, rinse, dry, and stain or paint it.