welp, i ended up painting the top of it, guys.
i'm sure you were on the edges of your seats about it. it's true. hah. anyway, i just decided i thought it would look better, at the end of the project. it's now for sale at urban cottage, here in atlanta (in the virginia-highlands area). if you haven't been to urban cottage, you should deeefinitely check it out. it's a wonderful little shop full of colorful, fun things! plus, it smells really good.
i really like this shot of the painting/wood showing underneath: