Sorry, didn't get a picture. But all I did was remove the nut on the top of the rod and screw the plate onto the rod. So now it looks like this. I washed this with warm soap and water. Then I used klean strip sander deglosser and primed.
I sanded the top, but with a raw piece of wood like this, after you apply primer or paint, you'll notice the edges will be rough again. Just sand it again and apply another coat. That should do it.
I used Zinsser primer. For the paint I used Glidden semi-gloss paint. Glidden has become one of my favorite brands to use. Plus, you can find it at walmart! I did two coats of paint.
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