Each piece was primed with 2 coats of Glidden's Gripper primer tinted a couple shades lighter than the top coat color.
The I painted each piece with 2-3 coats of the top coat, a custom Porter Paint color. I have the formula if anyone is interested. It is a really rich brown/black.
I allowed each piece to dry and cure for a week (our southern humidity makes it take longer). After they were thoroughly dry, I took like sandpaper and distressed the edges and details to give it the aged affect you see.
Sorry the afters are "before", I have been having a hard time with blogger today!