Still in her original paint and hardware, I wanted to stay true to 'who she is': a petite, sturdy, old commode in a creamy color. I reattached her scroll and towel bar back (found in her top drawer); easily removed if you don't like it. The steps I followed: 1) A thorough cleaning, inside, under and back. 2) Sanding every surface, removing flaking paint, and detailing her lines. 3) Finally, a wipe-down with satin polyurethane, sealing the old paint and wood surfaces. I'm very fond of old hardware - details, again~
Her hardware isn't 100% perfect, but is sturdy and does the job.