I think it is interesting that people think you should keep the finish because nothing is wrong with it. By that logic, everyone should have to live with all kinds of things that they don't like....that makes no sense to me. If you don't like it, then you don't like it. period. Life is too short to live with things that you really are not happy with and can change. Sometimes a change like that can enrich your life, even if it doesn't make sense to someone else.
I know when I am unhappy in my kitchen, I don't cook as much as I would if I loved it and enjoyed spending time there....I just cook and get out as fast as possible. That is how I feel about the kitchen in this house, especially the counter. Maybe that is why it is always cluttered...so we don't have to look at it. ;)