It was missing a drawer but I remembered seeing some pictures with baskets replacing them that I thought worked. I was going to replace both top drawers with baskets but I don't mind the slightly off kilter look of just one (and it seemed like a shame to waste a perfectly good drawer for the sake of symmetry). Plus the basket is the perfect place to store laptops out of site and easily accessible. Strangely, I happened to have the perfect basket already. It was meant to be.
All in all, this was a quick and surprisingly simple project. We hand sanded the top completely (since I was staining it) and the sides only partially because they were to be primed and painted. I had some leftover red mahogany stain and polyurethane as well as some dove white paint and primer. A couple of coats of each and voila! A totally free and gorgeous piece of furniture that would have otherwise landed in the dump.
The top has some wear and tear that showed up beautifully in the wood when highlighted by the stain. The whole piece now looks more like an antique than it really is. The only thing I feel like I need to add, is some beautiful paper to line the drawers. Maybe someday if I'm feeling extra ambitious I will paint the drawers for a pop of yummy color when you open then too. It suits our bedroom better than I imagined and matches my red mahogany colored vanity and white metal bed perfectly. Now, just to style it up and post a picture of it for ya'll to see. What do ya'll think of the finished project? Not too shabby huh... Or as I prefer... Just shabby enough ; )