I sanded them down so there was no more sheen at all.
Then I primed them with a Glidden grey primer. I was tempted to stop the process here because I kind of liked how it looked with just primer. I continued on with my original game plan, although It gave me some inspiration for a upcoming project involving a hutch.
Then it needed 2 coats of the perfect creamy white paint. Once that was completely dry (about a full day later) I did the distressing and aging to it. Then I used some wipe-on satin poly, screwed in some old looking cast iron, birdie nobs and ta-da... a "brand new" old side table.
This little cabinet is my next furniture piece to work on. I have a few color ideas in mind, but I haven't decided yet. Any ideas?