I bought a coffee table! It was not as great of a find as my bar stools which cost $3. This one was $50. But the good news is that the previous owners of the house left a motorcycle muffler in the garage and I sold it for $55. I took the girls to lunch at the gym and bought this coffee table. So, I guess, for me, it was free!The sides open for storage. And I like the look of the hinges. I have not decided if I should sand it and stain it or just clean it and allow it to be "rustic".