I made the decision that it need a new personality, the bleach white finish had to go. So I spent some time sanding and staining while I was still at my mom's. Then as with most things, I ran out of time to finish before our move.
Mom finished the last coat of stain, and then it waited patiently to get a layer of clear coat sprayed on.
After a long wait, it is done!!
Monkey smiles like a goof, and she thought it was pretty fun to watch me unpack my tea sets and put them in.
While I now wish that I had spent a bit more time sanding at the start, I am super pleased with how it turned out. I am happy that I was able to keep the wood grain and have it be orange.
I might have to make a throw quilt for the living room with some orange in it so that it doesn't lonely.