I acquired a sad old stool and removed the seat area and took the old fabric off it. I rubbed down the frame and painted it with primer. Next I painted it with two layers of lime green emulsion paint. I may yet lacquer it / varnish it if the paint isn't sturdy enough. I bought some new foam for the seat and re-covered it in some lovely green fabric with squirrels on! Quite pleased with the result although perhaps I should have used a slightly thinner seat pad...