Well, I've painted two coats of oil based Kilz onto the beds. I sanded the surface before hand because the finish before was a little glossy then with the two coats of Kilz I had a good surface to begin painting.
I changed my mind about the color! Vanilla is beautiful but I have a new favorite color and thought that they would look so good in the store this time of year if I painted them a khaki color. I used two coats of Behr flat interior wall paint. I like Ralph Lauren flat, and also Wal-mart. The reason I use flat is that I sometimes like to add a little of a different color on the detailed areas of a piece and it will adhere to the flat paint better. I really could use eggshell but I am using Oops paint and it was flat.
They still have to be lightly distressed (might as well as every painted surface gets those knicks and scratches so if I start it off it's not so obvious!) and then lightly antiqued with a thinned with water brown paint wash.
For my last step I will paint a non-yellowing clear coat over top of all the work. This is usually found in the decorative effects painting section of Home Depot or Lowes. I buy it a quart at a time. It is NOT polyurethane though. The great thing is that it is water-based.
I'll post more photos as I do those steps.
I found a wonderful quote on Colette Copeland's website (which you simply must visit):
"If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator."
W. Beran Wolfe
Wishing you all a very happy day! xxoo, Dawn