A week or so ago, I wiped them down with vinegar & water and then took them outside and sprayed a light coat of primer on them. I already had the spray primer so figured, why not! I used Zinsser BIN spray primer.
Then, using some of the leftover paint mixture from my upper kitchen cabinets, I painted them using my HTP brush and stippling the paint. Since I didn't want to wait, I used my heat gun I had bought at Michaels (to use in my journaling/coloring Bible) and sped up the drying process. I was able to give them two quick coats of paint. Literally one hour from priming, I had the two coats of paint on and completely dried.
Canadians: Zinsser BIN spray primer is available at most any hardware store. You can order the Chalk-tique powder for $16.99 at your local Home Hardware store. The brush and the wax can be purchased either directly from the Heirloom Traditions Paint website or check their site for a retailer near you.