This set was so pleasant to work on. There's nothing as satisfying as refinishing really high quality pieces. This set is solid maple, sturdy as a rock, and built to last. I painted the chairs and table base is a more modern sleek black. I sanded, stained, and re-sealed the table top and two leaves. I only snapped a shot of a couple of the chairs before painting them, but the whole set was done in that caramel finish before.