Filled up the divots, cracks, and gaps with spackle. Sanded those smooth. Painted the tops white (which ended up being 2 coats of Zinsser Smart Primer and about 3 coats of Valspar White latex paint). Applied a single coat of Poly for now (I plan on doing more later).
Although, it doesn’t look like the current buffing tool bit I have is doing anything much to the scuff marks, it’s just shining the brass up. I did buy this kit from Home Depot ($16) as a *just-in-case* buy. Looks like I might have to use the little fan-like tips (upper row, the two on the right) to try to feather out the marks. They are actually sanding bits, not polishing bits. So I’m a bit nervous. Brass is apparently a very soft metal (nothing like learning things the hard way) – so by running a sanding bit on top of this soft metal seems like I’m taking this down in the wrong direction just further. But there’s only one way to find out!
Once I get the brass parts done, then I’ll paint the bottom part a navy blue. (Although right now, the bare wood is looking kinda sexy to me. So I might change my mind!)