Here is some pictures of Doug, spraying the lacquer. We ended up going with a pre-catalyzed furniture grade lacquer in a hand rubbed finish. It turned out awesome! Doug has also painted the ceiling in the dining room and that made a huge difference. I could never decide if I wanted to paint it or not and we finally decided to paint it and I'm glad we did. It lightened up the lower level a lot, I think we will be really happy we decided to paint it. It's hard to get some good pictures of the lacquer, its been cloudy a lot lately and I don't have any lights wired so its difficult to get the shots with the flash going off.