I gave the raw wood ends a coat of Primer Red chalk paint, and then a coat of Emperor’s Silk. The seat part got two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green to cover the original green enamel.
Then I decided to so some freehand painting with a kind of swirly/vine look. This was done using Emperor’s Silk Red over the Destin Gulf Green seat. It kind of reminds me of the folk art style. The goal was not perfection with the freehand painted areas, because a primitive style was the goal. I didn’t want it to look like this was a bench bought off an assembly line.
Distressing with sandpaper was done to give the appearance this had been painted long ago and was a tad worn from use. Varathane Satin was the final application for a nice protective sheen finish.