A quick polish to get the rust off, or even a shot of spray paint (I'm dying to see it in any shade of bronzy-copper) and it would look like an expensive find. And right...what to do about a top? Glass is an obvious choice and would be a snap to find. I also think a cut of stone like marble would be fantastic, a la this DWR little number. But really, any kind of unexpected material would look great and could be sourced cheaply.
There was also a dining room table counter part that was just a bit to late 90's for my taste, but was in even better condition and just every bit as free.