I always thought this was a soda fountain stool. There is a bit of paint spilled in spots on the seat and a few drops on the legs. It probably could be cleaned off, or if one wished, it could be repainted. I originally bought it for a plant stand, but none of my plants ever lived long enough to display them, so just used it for a stool. Actually, it is quite comfortable as a seat and would look nice with a homemade tie-on cushion. It does look really great with a fern...