That's how I view furniture when I paint it. And I haven't painted on any at all this summer, but my next show is definitely a painted furniture buying crowd, so I knew that I had to do a few pieces. So this is my first "canvas"--
I purchased this piece (minus the checkerboard--I forgot to take the photo before I added that on) from the furniture maker at the Columbus wholesale show. His prices are extremely reasonable, and I really like his style of furniture--a rustic folk art look, which is perfect for next week's show. So all I decided to do was the top and just leave the rest as is.
I just used my papers for collage, and also my pitt pens, and non soluble crayons this time (I love the vibrancy of the Caran d'Ache crayons), and a little bit of paint for accenting--just like any other canvas. As long as you seal it well, and take care of it, it will remain durable.