This is what I started with
I applied one coat of Louis Blue to the stand;
Once dry, I went over it with a coat of the clear wax. To begin with I was a bit worried about the finish as it seemed tacky but giving it a bit of a buff with some dry kitchen roll finished it off nicely. The wax does seem to do a great job protecting the paint so I would definitely recommend using it.
And that's basically all there is to it! If like me you have been wondering about the merits of these paints, I thoroughly recommend picking up a sample pot or two and seeing for yourself. This transformation cost little more than a tenner and there is plenty of paint left over as well as lots more techniques to get creative with!