Here is the inspiration from Lonny magazine that got me started on my search.
Here are the not so great before shots.
Check out that grimy hardware!
I used trusty Bar Keeper's Friend to scrub off the layers of filth. Worked like a charm.
So, after 1 coat of oil-based primer, 3 coats of semi-gloss latex paint, and 2 coats of clear gloss poly, I got this:
Now, where to put these beauties?