Thanks for all the great comments guys!
^^^ LOL antennasDIY, I also have the shakes. The trick is to try and paint it as carefully as possible with out driving yourself nuts. Yes I get paint up on the face and lots of it, I just keep a rag handy to wipe off the excess paint.
Then when it’s all painted and looks awful, I use an orbital or palm sander to sand off all the excess paint. I haven’t had too much problem with bleeding into the grain on the face. This is how I do it, I’m always amazed how crisp the painted letters look after sanding the face.
The paint I use is “Americana" Gloss Enamels, DecoArt.com". I buy it at "Michael’s Craft store”
Then I clear Coat after with a “satin,clear Varathane , premium, diamond wood finish, water based, interior, crystal clear, non-yellowing, ultimate protection, fast drying spray paint. I buy it at HomeDepot or Lowes building supplies stores, I spray 3 or more coats back and face.