Little milking stool painted on commission. This one I simply sanded a little.... just enough to dull the shine of the finish and then I started painting using acrylic artist paints. I rarely use craft paints since they generally don't have the richness of hue and look chalky .
This is a good example of something you can begin without a plan . Get out a brush ( do invest in a few good synthetic bristle brushes if you are using acrylics ) , a cup of water and start playing.