The legs were painted with several shades of tan and
gold acrylic craft paint, just sort of mushing paint around and
together to create a base color with variation. For the spots, I used a
small, flat bristle brush, about 1/8 inch wide, and just squiggled it
on its side, making sort of horseshoe shapes. I chose dark brown and
black paints, and alternated dipping the corners of the brush in each.
The centers of the spots were done with a small, soft round
brush, dipped in two shades of orange paint. Some of the spots are
actually just wobbly dots in clusters.
The rungs were painted shiny gold for drama and
elegance. These could be spray painted before doing any of the
other painting for speed and simplicity. Finally, each leg was taped
off and painted with a 1 inch gold stripe at the bottom, to pull the
accents together. This leopard design would work on any piece of
furniture, in any size- just imagine a chest of drawers or an armoire
with this design!