Look, there's a tree in my room!
I thought it would be fun to paint a tree and use the column as a trunk. I used this Martha Stewart "wood grain rocker" tool from the Home Depot (about $6). It took me a few test runs to get the hang of painting faux bois. There were no instructions on the package, so I just fiddled around with it until I got something that resembled wood grain. The more a dragged the rocker, the more wood grainy it looked. If you rock it too much back and forth, it just looks like a bunch of random scratches.