I always thought, once I got started, it would be easier than I thought and I would wonder why I procrastinated so long.
I procrastinated for a reason.
But it's done, and I couldn't be happier (well, 98% done)
Just in case (JEN) your planning a similar project, I'll tell you what I did.
First, I filled all the knob holes with wood filler.
Let it dry and sand smooth. Use a putty knife to smooth out and fill in any imperfections. I only did this in the knob area, as I liked the imperfections elsewhere.
I used an electric sander to sand smooth my filler, than did a full sand over the entire piece. Just enough to rough up the surface.
Be sure to wipe clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry.
I painted a layer of primer first.
My girls thought this was the real color and said "oh...that's pretty??"
Then I did a layer of the "real" paint.
I ended up needing to do 2 layers.
I used a small furniture roller, and a brush for the tighter areas.
I then took a piece of sand paper and hand sanded my edges for that distressed look.
My hands got that lovely distressed look as well.
I still need to attach the handles for the middle doors, but I need longer screws than what they came with and I haven't bothered to look for any yet. :)
Last I finished it with a layer of varnish.
It was a. lot. of . work.
I'm so glad it's done