The resulting great room makes me happy even tho it's shabby chic and more shabby now than chic. I have a remaining single post - for a load bearing point that is just there. I have been wracking my brains to do something with it but nothing has come up. You can see the post in the first picture and it is just behind the chair in the second picture.
And yes, cats rule, the cat tower, scratching and dirty chairs are all their responsibility