The first thing I did was used a sander before painting. Next, I used a roller for the paint.
Afterwards, I sprayed painted the handles black.
Today it looks like:
I'm glad that we didn't paint it black because it would have hidden all the little detail.
I think it looks wonderful in the guest room. I just wish I would have gone over it one more time with a coat of paint, but I didn't realize it, until I started taking pictures.
All that is missing now is just a lamp and some curtains, but because this room is hardly ever used, I think it will be okay for now.