I have a thing about painting finished wood and natural brick. Fortunately, after I fixed the split in this 1930s Art Deco chair, it was apparent even to me that the finish wasn’t going to come back. Although I’d love to paint it a glossy black some day, right now it’s for my daughter’s desk so pink it is. In the end, the lighter color brought out the shape of the back and the curve of the legs better than the dark wood ever did. Total cost of the project? $22,Â including the spray paint. â€” Sarah L.