UPDATE: Ok... ok... don't worry, I'm not painting them! I found the only solution I could (for now), which I'd say is 90% successful. I'll post pics tomorrow- hope you all like the solution!
They have 3 drawers, a nook, a night light underneath (switch on the side), and an outlet on the back- but Jesse wants to redo the wiring in them. Based on the photos, I was planning on a complete, immediate refinishing job, but after cleaning them up a bit, I was shocked at how good they looked (not perfect, but not bad!).
My only concern is placement of this one:
It seemed a little off or crowded at first, but now that we've been using it, Jesse & I love its place there & how functional it is. I can't get over how well the wood matches the mantel- the Poang's placement is a must- so no moving that around. I considered a little pedestal table, but it would be less functional and I have yet to find a well-made affordable one. What do you think? Is it really so awful?? What if I paint the drawers white...?