After sanding, priming, painting (Valspar Woodlawn Charm), glazing (RL Black), and Minwax rub on poly, here is the finished product! I REALLY liked the rub on poly - love the no brush marks or spray on issues.
I spray painted the handles a hammered brown. Here are some more pics!
I thought I'd try to do a little staging with the piece for pictures before I listed it on Craigslist. After trying a few different plants, etc., my son, Zach came up with this:
He's a keeper!!!