Hmmm. Coulda done the same thing for free if I'd thrown it
in TB's garden and left it there for a year!
HAR HAR HAR!!!
Nothing to worry about of course. This is just the first coat, and some wire brush work will even things up a bit. It's splotchy and I hope a few more coats will take care of it. I may or may not be able to achieve a perfect plum brown finish but even if it looks "antiqued" I will be good with it.
Antique hunters have to beware of guys like me. Sometimes crap like this finds its way onto the shelves of dealers and they aren't antiques at all - they just look like them and have been artificially distressed. I remember seeing "antique powder and shot flasks" at one dealer's and they came straight from Buffalo Arms or Track of The Wolf - and they probably got them from India or China. But they had the patina and some strategic dents going on and looked like they were 100 years old.
In any event, after church I'll get a wire brush on it and put 'er back in the sauna... and we'll see what happens. If worse comes to worst and it looks like hell, I will just sand it right down again and leave it in the white.