Sometimes good bones should not go to waste.
Old furniture, although it looks bad, can be redone to look great. Look at the bones of a piece and not the finish.
Spend a weekend treasure hunting a flea market
Find a great piece for pennies on the dollar
Then order some milk paint. I order from http://www.milkpaint.com
With a little water, a moment of whimsy, you get this
|Rehab old chest of drawers|
The milk paint peeled off in spots over the finish, but I loved that. I placed another piece of wood on top, screwed it on, filled over the screws with Durhams wood putty, sanded, stained, coated polyurethane over the entire chest and top and there you have it!