While there's definitely something nice about smooth, brand new wood furnishings, sometimes it just doesn't fit in. If you'd rather have that old, distressed look, you can fake it at home yourself, and save money in the process.
While you can adjust your tools to fit what you have lying around, DIY weblog DIY Life used a garden cultivator, a chain belt and gravel to put some dents and nicks in the wood, followed by some strong coffee and dirt to give it a darker colour. Be creative with what you have and how you want it to look—you really just need to beat it with something sharp and pour some coffee on it. Once it looks a bit more distressed, you can apply some real wood finishing like Birwax to give it some shine, and it will end up looking much more aged (and expensive) than the piece you started with. Hit the link for more detailed instructions, and let us know your wood distressing tips in the comments.
DIY Warrior: How to Distress Wood [DIY Life]