I'm not usually one to do things twice, but I decided early on in this project that I wanted the material that tops the half wall to be something special. I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for someplace where I can get a one-of-a-kind hunk of gnarly repurposed wood. Like an old, weathered barn beam or something. But, since I figured the search for such a material might take a long time, I needed to top the half wall with something else in the meantime. So, following YHL's lead, I picked up a super affordable 1x10" pine board. Ain't she perfect?
I had the fine folks at HD cut it to length for me, and my Dad router-ed (routed?) the edges to give it a nice, finished look. Then, I slapped on a couple coats of MinWax stain in Jacobean and topped it with 3 coats of polycrylic. If you remember back when I redid our kitchen table, I've had issues with the poly in the past, but I'm happy to announce that this time it went on flawlessly!
Last night, I committed to both the paint color and the backsplash tile and dropped some moolah at HD. It felt great!!