Well to paint or not to paint is always the burning question. I had to be 100% sure when I painted this and that i was. I think it has totally done the piece justice and I would not change it back to dark in a heart beat. It was the hardest piece I have ever painted as the carvings were so fiddly and it drank the paint. My arms and legs are killing me and I need a hot bath (oh we don't have one). Never mind I will be standing in the kitchen all night admiring my work. Not sure what I will fill it with yet but I'm sure I will find something. The sideboard to the left of the armoir is one I picked up last week that has also come up a treat. The weather has been kind to us all weekend so that made the paint dry even quicker.