Remember that $20 small solid mahogany table I got at the last Arkansas Alley antique sale. It needed some love in the worst way. It looked like it had been in a house with moisture. The finish was not real good and there were some chips off the stain/varnish. I decided I would strip it. When I started working on it I realized that the wood was so dense that I could use steel wool, blades and a flat screw driver instead of liquid stripper. The finish came right off with a little elbow grease. The top was a veneer and in good shape. So, I steel wooled it and left it. It cleaned up really well.
The oval plaster frame was an oldie. But some genius had painted it red. I got out my trusty gold leaf paint and painted the sides and dry brushed the rope and fruit. I wanted a touch of red , but not the whole thing red. I’ll paint a miniature water-color for it on a rainy day.