If you're looking for a distressed and weather-beaten look, a little elbow grease and some milk paint and give any piece of furniture a vintage look.
Design*Sponge, a DIY and design blog, has shared a tutorial on using some basic tools and some old-fashioned milk paint to artificially age furniture. You'll need some furniture to experiment with, an orbital sander (for a small piece, you could probably get away with a sanding sponge but the orbital sander would certainly speed things up), rags, a paint brush, milk paint, furniture wax, and some water-based poly sealer. The core of the technique is to artificially distress the paint using the sander and then apply the milk paint, poly sealer, and wax in progressive steps to bring out the wear on the wood and seal in the colour.
Check out the full tutorial at the link below for additional pictures and tips. Have a favourite DIY project to share? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Before and After Basics: Aging Furniture with Milk Paint [Design*Sponge]