I picked up this chair at the charity shop down the road (proving a very handy shop to have nearby).
So I set about sanding down as much as I could but the carving on the legs was hard work and I coudln't really get into the gaps sufficiently. I did as much as I could and then did the seat. As I started sanding though, the beautiful colours below started coming through and so I then used a finer sandpaper to buff it up. I loved how it looked so decided rather than paint the whole thing, to just paint the legs and back and leave the seat as it was. 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of white later it looked like this and is now the towel chair in the guest room. Best of all it is smooth to touch unlike the scaly crackled piece it was before. Love it.