I was given this night-stand by my mother. I guess that's what you call it, it's pretty old and I lost one of the shelves years ago. I figured I could use it as a night-stand on my side of the mattress to put my phone and other stuff when I go to sleep. I actually used to use it as a make-shift computer desk when I still lived with my mother. I don't think it's real wood but it has a walnut-ish stained look to it. Some of the the finish did wear off in spots and painting seemed to be the way to go for me as I don't really like to stain anything anyway.
I had to prep it as I didn't want to screw it up. I cleaned it with Simple Green with Lemon and that was a piece of cake. Then there were holes (mostly for a shelf to be rearranged) where I used vinyl spackling on to make them nice and even. Then I used a coat of Bullseye 123 Plus Primer I had left over from another project to prime a surface that may not have taken regular paint very well. It's always best to use a primer after you use something like spackle anyway because most likely the spackle and the rest of the surface are going to "take" the paint very differently.