My original plan was to refinish it, but when I saw the cigarette burns on the top ($15 remember?), I moved onto plan B, which involved primer, a brush, and an endless supply of energy. The top got a coat o' black, but I wanted to do a little something different for the base. Business on the top, party on the bottom, right? Too bad I didn't have any creamy vanilla colored paint. But I did have a bright white and a sandy beige. And I've watched enough Barney in my days to tell you that when you mix red and blue you get....well, something like that.... A "custom" color that makes for some loverly, albeit a bit plain, legs for m' lady. Nothing a bit of rubbed off black paint and sandpaper can't fix. Not only that, but distressing down low de-stresses me. No worries about little boy feet kicking up my paint job. How to fit five kids in four chairs? That's a whole other post.