First I flipped the counter over (which wasn't easy, it's the heaviest piece of furniture I've ever worked on, and that's saying a lot). I worked on the structure of the underside, and created a framework that elevated the counter from 32 inches to 34 inches- making it better to sit at. I hid this new structure with elaborate base molding, which also dressed the piece up a bit. I then flipped the counter back over, removed all the awfulness glued and nailed to the top, and added a chunky pine board top. The top was then sanded, stained English Chestnut, and sealed. Finally, I painted the counter in a custom mixed color that's an earthy but light shade of spring green. Since I mixed the color myself, I felt entitled to name it- Shire Green. The brass drawer pulls are original to the piece and one of my favorite aspects. I left them exactly as is, with a fabulous warm patina.
Before and afters below. What do you think?