How Should I Refinish Mexican Carved Wood Table?

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Q: I recently acquired this gorgeous hand carved wood table from a tag sale to benefit dog rescues. I plan on putting it in our studio (I own a photography/ design studio), but I can't decide how I want to paint or finish it. About the table: the table itself is definitely worn and well used. The wood is not in new condition, but it's not splintering.

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The bottom of the table has a mark that consists of a hawk's face and the words HECHO EN MEXICO (made in Mexico). I googled this and found the icon everywhere, but I still don't know much about it. The table cost me next to nothing.

About the space:
It will be going in our studio, which is a 1700 square foot studio space inside of the old factory where Erector Sets were made. We have really high ceilings and a mix of modern and antique stuff. I plan on putting it in our "living area" alcove that has an old couch, two old chairs, a big bookcase, and our TV. It's not the most cohesive stuff yet, but it's definitely fun.

I like to keep things relatively light. The wood floor is about the same color as the wood on the table (maybe a little more orange), so I don't want it to get lost or camouflaged there.

I have a few options I'm playing with in my head. What I'm considering:
1) Paint the whole thing one solid color (maybe white)
2) Paint the carving one solid color and the legs or trim another color.
3) Stain it
4) Actually paint the design in the carving (leaves will be painted green, petals purple or something, etc) and then do the rest white

Would love thoughts and ideas and maybe even some links to similar projects. Thanks, guys!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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