After I had roughed up the stain and finish, I painted the entire chair off white...I needed to give it a good light colored base to build on. After that, I used terra cotta, pale green, gold and light blue to make it look like it had been re-painted many times over the years. I diluted each of the colors with water as I was painting since I wanted the colors to be muted.
After the painting, I went back at it with the sander to make it look worn and beat up. There's no formula....you just go for it to get the look you want.
I filled in the flower and leaf motif on the chair back using craft paints; not too much, just here and there--so that it looked worn with age. Finally, I added a few "diamond" stickers to the center of the flowers for a bit of glitz.
My final touch was to add the words to the back of the chair. I found a font that I liked and typed "Sew Original" (little play on words) out on the computer and printed it....I then used the old trick we all learned in art class in middle school and scribbled with a pencil on the backside of the paper and turned it over and traced over the lettering to transfer the words (do-it-yourself carbon paper). Then I used markers to color in the lettering. Two coats of spray finish (matte) over the entire chair to set the paint and I was done. So that's it! I love it....the chair looks awesome with my new sewing table. I love the transformation that has taken place in my sewing studio. It's fun...bright and all me!
Total cost $7.00 plus tax (the chair cost me $2.99 and the drawers pulls were $4.99)