Wendy and I picked up this armoire at a recent auction...It was pretty beat up but had AWESOME lines and great detail (the things we most look for in furniture). You always have to see past the cosmetics of pieces and envision what they can become.
I first painted the piece of soft creamy white. I chose to leave the hardware attached so it would blend into the piece and not detract from the great details.
I then sanded the edges with a hand sander to add that vintage distressed look. After distressing I hand rubbed the whole piece with dark walnut stain. Note: When using stain as your glaze/antiquing agent, allow ample dry time. Using stain gives a great look, but does take a while to dry!
Happy Painting Everyone!