I am always amazed how quick paint can transform something into another thing completely. After the base color and two layers of different colored glaze the woodgrain became very convincing. I then brushed on the metallics and one coat of 'grime' glaze over them. The piece went from shiny and new looking to well used for decades in minutes. The tops of the letters were carefully cleaned while the 'dirt' was allowed to accumulate around them instantly popping them off the surface.
The end result is textures that work without much effort. Its a sign that subtly SCREAMS - especially in a world of flat competition.