I’ve watched a lot of TV lately about people buying old furniture, stripping it then (eek!) Painting it…PAINTING it.
This is my personal opinion only.
I inherited a heavy old oval conversation table. It was made of a high grade oak, dated back about 150 years. In the long and abused life of the antique, it had been oiled, painted several times and last but worst?
Someone had put not one, but 2 layers of contact paper on it.
It took me a long time to scrape and refinish the piece but it finally looked like the table below. It has already served generations of my family & hopefully it will serve many more.
I did the same with an old mission rocker(1859), it came out beautifully.