The weathered look is not my specialty, but I find that I really enjoy it.
The process is almost therapeutic because as the painter there is more control over how the piece will come to life over prepping and spraying. How much to sand? Where to sand? Glaze, no glaze?
Even though I really enjoy this type of painting, my heart is with unweathered, high gloss. I love you, high gloss.
This is how I hand paint hardware. Very technical and quite professional. All that's required is that you eat the cinnamon life first.