Patina--vinegar (white or apple cider) and salt. For small items, fill a quart yogurt container half full of vinegar, and sprinkle in about 1 tsp salt. Add any metal you want to 'age'. Seal if you touch items a lot
how to do a milk paint finish--Not sure how I feel about the whole distressed furniture in various colors thing. While I think distressed will work well in my home of 9 I'm worried I'll tire of it quickly or it will look very dated in a couple years.
DIY: How to Get a French Paint Finish + How to Transfer Graphics - this post shows how to enlarge a design (from The Graphics Fairy) & how to transfer it to a table. This is a great tutorial! Via Deanna Rio