Anyone who who knows me, knows that my hands tremble around raw wood. It just seems like a crime to leave wood bare. I know many cringe at the thought, but I just wanted drench every inch of grain into juicy red, yellow, green purple, blue or back acrylics. And then dip it in a ginormous vat of varnish.
But that’s just me.
If you want to play, here’s how. You go to the thrift store and find a sturdy chair or table. Sit on it and make sure it is not rickety. Chances are it will have some varnish on it. You don’t have to bust out the electric sander, but at least score a piece of medium grit sandpaper and go over the wood. Dust off any powder. Don’t forget to wear a paper mask, because that dust is nasty!
Next, start painting! I always start with a medium/large brush and base coat, base coat, base coat! I like to paint a contrasting color on every side. If I want yellow, I first coat white mixed with yellow because white works great as primer. Let it dry and then add full-strength yellow. do this for all the colors, just so there is a strong foundation underneath.
Let it all dry and then go in with a smaller brush and clean up any excess strokes. Now go in and add doodads, squiggles, zigzags, etc all over. Let it dry and then add a coat of spray varnish. Do this step outside. Let it fully dry and then add another coat. And another!
Whoever sits on it, tell them to please have respect and not put their feet on the bottom bar footrests. Your paint job will last much longer!