When I left off, we were hoping to stain the table tops to match our dark floor. Hahaha. Fortunately, we did a test patch on the underside of the sideboard top. It was disastrous. I mean truly awful. I wish I had a picture for you to enjoy the awfulness, but alas, it's been attached to the base and that test patch will be forever out of sight.
So, after much discussion, research and initial reluctance, we decided to leave the tops as-is. They really are gorgeous the way they are, it's just that the natural birch wasn't the look we had our hearts set on. We've since come around and realized that in the end, this color scheme marries well with what's going on in the kitchen with the natural cherry cabinets and white corian counters; it provides some continuity between the two rooms.
After the non-staining afternoon, I was commenting how much I hated the gold trim on our otherwise gorgeous fireplace. I was musing about spray-painting it...someday. Mark, being awesome, grabbed a screwdriver and began prying off the gold, revealing the black underneath that matches the rest of the fireplace. There's some rubber-cement removal yet to do, as well as some serious dusting, but here's the in-progress-after (you can see the "before" in the background pics of my previous post).
|And of course our darling 3 year old wearing her favorite-outfit-o-the-week.|
|Not bad Ikea, not bad.|
|I like bargains: 50% off + a 20% coupon = awesome! (It looks a bit more green in the pic than in reality)|