It was black wrought iron with tacky fake brass accents glued to each shelf. I immediately pulled the brass stuff off. Even after using some scary chemicals (like paint thinner), I couldn't get all the gunk off. So, after spray painting it a happy red, I glued some pink measuring tapes to cover up the bumpy parts.
Now, I want one for my kitchen-adjacent office.
Having it in place also inspired me to finally put the finishing touches on my collection of aluminium canisters I'd picked up at thrift shops over the past few years. Each one got a new drawer-pull inserted into the lid (another thing I collect - cool drawer pull hardware), and a Martha Stewart Office chalkboard label.
Love how they look with their fancy "hats" - hubs calls this one the Devo - remember the hats they wore? Totally! :)