Sometimes you can turn some old furniture pieces into something really cool if you have some skills in painting and restoration. Ann Marie from Twice Lowely turn an old secretary desk into a stylish piece of decor with metallic finish that is quite trendy nowadays. After some screwing and gluing she made a really great refreshing of all surfaces. She covered them with primer, spray paint with metallic paint and cover with mix of metallic paint, black acrylic and water. After that she hand painted some details and add original antique hardware.
As for me I think the result is quite impressive.