I use an old cloth and windex vinegar and wipe the whole piece down and let dry completely.
Remove all hardware and paint with brush (I did two coats). I use a chalk paint that requires no sanding or priming. My kind of paint! :) More about the paint here!
Let dry for at least a couple hours. Then apply clear wax to entire piece, remember not too much! Less is more, wipe away any excess as you go. Let wax cure for at least 30 minutes. Then I use a piece of light grit sandpaper and begin distressing the edges and detailed pieces. Wipe down with clean cloth. Then I go back with a dark wax in creases and detailed areas to add more character and age. Wipe with cloth to remove excess dark, work kind of fast so you don't get too much dark wax on the piece.
After wax has set for a couple hours you can go back and buff to desired shine.
Here is the final product!
If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section below. Thanks!