I will post a picture of a tool box I have worked on. I picked it up at an antique "garage sale".. It started out in really bad shape. Old, dirty unfinished wood on front and back, 2 small pieces of painted wood on the side. AND I loved the handle and the "nails" on the front and back.
I did a light sanding to get rid of splinters, etc. Stained it, but was not sure I really liked, HUM! so I painted. As I was painting, did not like color, so, OF COURSE, blended my own color. Loved it. Decided it need "something else"....So I had been using one of the cheap mini sponge roller brushes on another piece of wood that I was painting black, so I took the almost dry roller brush and brushed the edges and top to "age" it. Really cool!!!
Don't know if the pictures show, but was easy and kept playing until I go the look I wanted...
Now all I have to do is seal this piece when the weather breaks. Want a good seal as I might put plants in...OR I AM OPEN to suggestions!!
Have a fantastic day,