I am very fond of traditional painting methods. For this table I am using oil paints with a tupentine and linseed oil glaze. The faux mahogany was painted in two stages. Stage 1: an oil glaze of burnt sienna, burnt umber and carmine red. Stage 2: a beer glaze of cassel earth pigment to create the pores of the wood.
The beer glaze is an instant technique that produces realistic results, it can be tricky to apply to irregular surfaces as it dries fast and any touch-ups are visible. Once dry these two stages were fixed with a solvent-based varnish.