Trying to fill in someone else's shoes is futile. The person will at best be a shadow of the one who shoes they are trying to fill. It is best to have new shoes (their own) rather than live in the shadow of another
DIY: water based paint Glidden’s “Regal Wave” with a coat of clear paste wax added to the top. A buffed coat of wax always removes the “stick” that happens on the surface with many latex paints so you can lay things on top.