I came up with this simple trick to give PVC pipe a realistic wood texture when I built a few plastic didgeridoos a couple of years ago. It would also work for theater, home decor or backyard tiki-bars! Send an invite if you build that last one.
:) Get a bucket of warm water with a cup of epsom salt. Allow salt to dissolve before placing feet inside. Allow feet to soak for 30 minutes. Remove feet from water. Scrub gently to remove all loose, dry skin. Rinse feet and dry with towel.