Well, I finally talked Mr. Five to Nine into making it into a bench. He dragged his feet because he thought it wasn't going to look good as a bench; he was worried all the curves would make it line up awkwardly. I kept asking (a.k.a. nagging) and finally he gave in. I'm so glad he did. Look how it turned out as a bench:
Pretty cool, huh? It kind of reminds me of a throne, for some reason. I can't wait to get working on this one. I'm going to try to get it all primed and painted today and Monday, and then distressed Tuesday. The plan is a flat black paint with a light distressing. Check back in a few days to see the after.