So… Now I have the second coat of polyurethane on the nightstands and headboard. I also have a third coat on the “high traffic” areas: the shelf, the front faces, top areas, etc. And it’s not the basic stuff, it’s Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane; this stuff is almost like putting down a coat of metal on it. I’ve seen this stuff last 15 years without any change in the finish on some items I’ve built in the past. So the finish on these items will last probably longer than we need it to.
I’ve mounted the duplex outlet at the rear of the nightstands and wired in an extension cord cut to connect to the duplex outlet. All that’s left to do with these is to mount the front handle and cut the ceramic tile down to size and then glue in the ceramic tile. Next weekend I’ll paint the bedroom and move the furniture around, taking out the existing “cobbled-together” headboard and setting up the new headboard and nightstands. It will be busy but it will be great to finally get that done!