I bought a chair on-sale at the local dollhouse store that I planned to refinish to put in my wizards house I'm working on.
Dollhouse furniture isn't cheap and even on sale, this one was twelve bucks, but I had ideas and I really liked the shape of the chair and I could picture my aged old wee wizard sitting in it, pouring over his magical tomes.
Sadly I didn't grab a very good "before" picture, so this is as good as it gets, here:
The chair was bright red and gaudy looking.
I starting putting on layers of gesso, about 3, maybe 4, sanding it down here and there. I also gesso'd the flashy gold feet of the chair as I knew I'd be painting them, as well.
This is after a couple of coats of a red paint I mixed up myself just using dollar store paints.
It's really hard to pick up the shade of red here, depending on the lighting and such - but I'm hoping you can get the idea.
Another shade of redish brown, accents of black. I also took a nail file to the seat and back to make the chair look more "lived in" and older. I'm really going for an aged chair look here.
I added gold detailing to the chair.
I finished it off with some matte mod podge to really give it a leathered look, painted the feet, and voila! I put a penny next to it so you get a better idea of size. It's a 1:12 ratio.