First, you can start with thrift shop or flea market. Here you can find some painted wood dresser or small table to work with. It does not mean that you have this furniture scraped, painted or scratched things. Sandpaper will help you to take care about all unevenness and roughness. For making beautiful art project choose a base color. You can buy acrylic paint and good brush. It is easy to get a set of small bottles of acrylic paints in several colors and a set of brushes. Choosing paint is very important stage. Acrylic is a good choice because of its quick drying, and in few minutes you will be able to do next.