While Joe from Dovetail Custom Woodworking isn't quite through with install, I decided to starting staining the "mudroom" beast during nap time today. May not have been the wisest decision as, of course, Q woke shortly after I started but at least now that I have begun, the task doesn't seem so daunting (ask me again when I'm on my third coat of varnish). I also can't wait to start using it and get our old hall tree out of our dining room.
Here's how it looked New Year's Eve
And here's how we opted to start 2014 (in lieu of me staining). I think a hike was a way better choice :)