In the big scheme of things it's pretty junky: a 1920's French-ish perfect-for-the-space forty-two inch something-or-other that I found in a thrift shop. Painted white with a blue stripe; it had a nice shape, three leaves, and was a steal. So I brought it home thinking I could refinish it. After stripping the lacquer off the top and the paint off the base, I found that the base wouldn't hold stain. Big oops. Then Mr. Husband said: "Why don't you gild it?" This novel idea resulted in an antiqued composite leaf finish over red bole and a walnut top (I used The Art of the Painted Finish as a guide). It is truly mad and still makes me smile.