The fun part was playing around with paint techniques. I wasn't sure what finished look I was going for so I decided to try a few different things. I melted some wax and added a few blobs of that. I slapped on some red. I sprinkled some salt on it and spray painted brown/rust primer on it. I added some orange and turquoise, sprayed some Murphy's wood soap on the wet paint and added a little more salt. I let all that dry, sanded and added stain.
Not sure if the finish or technique is anything earth shattering, but I had a blast throwing different things on there and am pleased with the results. The point is--you don't have to play by the rules with paint--experiment and have fun!