The piece had lost its backboard at some point, but, a testament to it's fine construction, it had not developed a wobble as a result. I added a fresh backboard, and also a solid piece of mahogany to the interior of the top. When what I'm assuming was a record player or similar contraption was unceremoniously yanked out goodness knows how many decades ago, two giant gaping holes had been left where there should have been a complete shelf. Trim, and a nice fat piece of salvaged 19th century mahogany solved that problem straight away. I sanded, stained, and sealed the top, which now glows with a finely grained luster, and painted the case in a custom mixed bright mustard yellow. Since I spotted a little bunch of crocuses coming up in Middletown just this morning in the exact same shade, I've decided to name this yellow 'First Crocus'. It's almost a month early for crocuses, but you won't hear a breath of complaint from me. I love spring, and the early it chooses to show up, the happier I am.
I highlighted the nice detail trim in a paler yellow, and painted the interior of the top and the bottom in an antique white. Finally I replaced the slightly small brass pulls with larger more ornate ones. I adore this piece and I hope it finds a good home!