Opinions wanted but first, ignore the hideous fan please. We painted the back of the shelves black when we first moved in. We debated painting the top row and decided against it because we didn't like how, well, I don't know, because that's why. My mom says it looks unfinished and today as I lay here on the couch looking at it I wonder if we should have painted the top. I'd love to hear your input even though we'll still just do what we want. Tee hee.