Restore or paint this table?
This week, I was lucky enough to find this table at Goodwill for $10. It was quite dirty but I was able to clean it. The pull-out shelf was missing, but as you can see, I've replaced it, but haven't painted or stained it yet.
A label on the bottom identified it as made by the Hickory Chair Company, James River Collection. It's beautifully hand-crafted, very solid. There is a 2-inch veneer border along the top that is damaged. I'm not skilled enough to repair it. Is there anything I can rub on it to improve it?
My other option is to paint just the border and the unfinished pull-out shelf. I was thinking of painting them black. What say ye all?