This table sure has seen better days! The burl inlay is damaged on the base and the wood is very abused. Never-the-less, I don't have a mid century end table and this one was $9.99. All I had to hear was my husband say "you should get it". So I did! I forgot to take a picture before I put some Ready Strip on it. The top tier has stripper on it as well as the the burl inlay on the bottom.
First pass with chemical stripper on top tier.
The burl veneer is in bad shape. I applied stripper (the hazy grey) and scrapping lifted some of the burl (two light patches). I reapplied stripper and will try to carefully remove the finish without too much friction. I will just have to patch and disguise the flaws as best I can.
Here is a companion piece to my table that is being sold on ebay for $349. Mine will never look this nice, but I'm pretty excited to see how much I can improve it. Both of these tables feature a drawer as well.