Bamileke stool rescue part 2 - Blue!
So I'm afraid your comments swayed me (and I'm so glad they did). Instead of going with white, I decided to paint my bamileke stool which I bought for $3 a bright glossy turquoise since I happened to have an unused can of spray paint laying around.
It's beachy, but bright and cheery. I'm loving it so far. It goes great with my colorful melange of throw pillows. It looks like a brand spanking new accent table and nothing like the mess I found it in. Even the cracks look awesome - nice texture. Paint, it seems, can do anything.
These little successes make me want to do more thrift shopping (and painting).