Before: Yeah. Nasty! That's why it was only $1 at a garage sale. The 3 wood-like squares popped out easy thankfully, and using a screwdriver, I was able to pry off the front holey panels and sand the wood smooth that was behind them. I had a large peice of glass (free from the roadside of course!) that I paid to have cut to fit the top. Then gave it a few coats of black paint and - wa la! A beautiful, stylish coffee table!