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Before, and after.
The before photo is exactly how it was when I got it. They had already done
some stripping to the top and just left it that way for years.
A dog had chewed the legs and the decorative piece on the bottom. It turned
out pretty well though and still has an "old" look to it. I left some of the
distressed look to it so it didn't seem so refinished.
A remarkable transformation. Nicely done!
(btw, I stole your surveyor's tripod/lamp idea.)