I remember when just about every house had one of these. Usually it was by the head of the household's chair. It may have held newspapers or magazines. It has been refreshed with blue paints, gold gilding wax and some pretty Prima transfers, left over from my mirror transformation, followed by a top coat. I think these still can serve useful and maybe different purposes. It would look pretty in a powder room with rolled up towels. You could keep your sewing or knitting items in it. Or it would still hold your magazines and books. It would also be a great place to keep your remotes in, because if you are like me, you lose them frequently! This has transfers on 3 sides.