But - I am scared to death to darken it up. Originally I thought that I would stain it - but want to get it REALLY dark. Like as dark as our entertainment center - which is REALLY dark. See pic below (and yes these were taken while my house was messy and that is a cat bed that is hanging out of the bottom side of that my oldest adores so I don't move it).
Its a big change and I am not sure exactly how I get it there. But here are some pictures of what I want to go for with the new finish.
And because I need some inspiration - I am linking this up to Melissa's Inspired By Party @ The Inspired Room! Join the fun!!