high/low: gateleg table

Compare this 18th Century Gateleg Table from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection... $2460

To this Gateleg Table we just picked up... $65
42" x 26 1/2" ( 56 1/2" x 26 1/2" with leaves up)

Gigi and I are thinking we want to make our version over. Should we whitewash and distress it? Or stain the top and paint the legs some color in the teal family?
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