5 hours later...
Step 1 - Thoroughly sand down all surfaces (remove any old varnish, lumps & bumps)
Step 2 - Primer & Undercoat (you can get a combined solution to speed things up)
Step 3 - Paint with your desired colour/finish (repeat until the finish is perfect)
|Pure White Quick dry primer & undercoat - Homebase|
|Sanctuary charcoal grey - Homebase|
Now just a couple of finishing touches...