These were given to me by a friend who had given up on them. I took this as a challenge and also felt too guilty to send them to a landfill. And knew that throwing them in the firepit would result in all kinds of colorful stinky fumes. And they were structurally sound and were solid wood (can you say NOT laminate? I guess I've been at Ikea too much?).
Now the only question is, what to do with them? They're too short for our bar counter, and too high for our dining table (this was also a reason for lots of cursing). Does anyone need this? Want this? Have something to trade? Did I waste countless hours of my life on this? What is wrong with me?