The quality of this cabinet is largely due to the exceptional lacquered finish over the original deep red paint which brings the piece to life, creating a desire to touch it. Where the red paint was worn off through years of use, the natural wood shows through which creates added dimension and character. The overall affect is captivating, and enhances the simple clean lines of this classic Chinese sideboard. A versatile piece - it can be used as a sideboard,night stand or even tv stand. Notice in photos of the top that it was designed with a "floating top," allowing for shrinkage/expansion/and movement of the wood panels. There is typical age related separation of the 3 panels that make up the top, but this does not impact the solidity or use of the sideboard. We invite you to contact us with any questions regarding this or other pieces, and hope to assist you further.