Sometimes in this business you have to come to the realization that a design idea just isn't working. Usually in cases such as these you mark it down and move along. The riskier alternative (not recommended) is to pump more money into it which is exactly what I did with our white lacquered faux bamboo chairs. But I think you'll agree it was worth it!
BEFOREin Robert Allen's Ladderback Lava (which I still love!)
AND AFTERIn my current favorite, Schumacher's Chenonceau Charcoal.