Finally got around to staining the stand. It has 1 coat of Satin finish poly on it as well. I like the way it came out. Almost like an exotic wood. Half tempted to put one tank on top, and one on bottom so I don't have to make another stand, but that would defeat the 6' purpose. Anyways, I hope to get the second coat of poly on it and have it finish sanded this weekend.
So, I got ambitious and finished it out. I put a Kobalt 2" Wire Cup Brush (part # 0323652) on my drill and went to town polishing down the brackets. Had to be careful not to jump off onto the wood or it would make a scratchy mess.
Close up of the brushed finish:
Here's the full thing with just room lighting:
Here's the full thing with the skylight blinds open (it's a cloudy day in TN):
Overall, very pleased.
I do have some black easyLiner brand shelf liner that I'm going to double up under the tank for cushion and evenness.