I know these photos are terrible, but I have to work on this after she goes to bed, and the sun's been down for about 3 hours by that point. I'll have to bring it out during nap time for the next photos.
No matter how badly I want to get started on the real fun in any project (painting with color), I have to force myself to slow down and do the prep work... clean and paint those base coats. I didn't do any sanding this time though... the wood is already pitted and grooved and all sorts of stuff, so I left all imperfections and previous owner paint drips, for expediency's sake.
I'm actually a lot further along than this now, thank goodness. It's helped to keep it in the downstairs bathroom, which constantly reminds me to work on it so we can get it out of there!