And ended up with this...
It actually looks ok in the picture, but there is ugly green velvet between the frame and the painting.
So, what to do with it? Why not paint it?
Don't paint it. Now I had no choice but to take it apart. Why not tear off the fabric?
Don't tear off the fabric. It won't come off.
I wanted to paint this table...
But when I put on the first coat it turned pink, very pink, and the smell!! I guess someone had stripped the table and the chemicals were still on there. At this point, I probably should have stopped and stripped it back down myself. But some primer will fix anything, right? Wrong. However, I'm on my third coat and I see hope.
So tomorrow I'll go to the fabric store and get some fabric to recover the frame and put yet another coat of paint on the table. Wish me luck.