Now that you won't get to do any more painting or staining you're probably gonna get pretty bored. Feel free to come to my log house and restain the West and South facing walls for me....they need it BAD. Even better, I have to strip off the old stuff first.
I'm not a big fan of the steel look for a house, but I can certainly see the benefit of doing it. I agree that the stone will break it up nicely.