The first step was to remove the balls. Brent used a pipe wrench to twist them and loosen them up.
I was really conflicted at this stage because the headboard was so beautiful in it's natural wood state. A coat of walnut stain would have been gorgeous but I could also see it as the antique white that my brain was envisioning.
In the photo below, the footboard has been glazed in front. The headboard behind it only has the two coats of milk paint. You can see how the glaze makes the vertical lines pop out and you notice the small molding details a bit better with the glaze.