For this piece, I put a little of each color onto a plate and let them blend together slightly on my brush. I would sometimes paint a solid area, and sometimes drag through multiple colors at once. Here is what the first coat looked like - super Southwestern colors!
I distressed pretty heavily at the edges, and for some areas wet the area first to get more of a "chippy" look. Because the paint was so complex, I left the original vintage bronze on the hardware to ground and balance the piece. I totally loved the overall effect!