This is what it looked like when we found it at a garage sale.
Here was my problem, the base of the top was fronted with that veneer tape.... and it all came off when I was cleaning it. So I had exposed pressed board. Let me tell you from experience that does not take paint well.
So my next move was one I had done before when we built a cabinet and I used wood glue and a brush. I brushed that glue on there and let it dry. Worked like a charm sealed that edge right up.
I believe the "tree" next to it on the right has grown into the cabinet.. I do not think this is permanent!
It is now at Treasures Resale Consignment Store in Roswell, GA
Stop in sometime if you are in the area.