My husband is very talented and has always been a woodworker (as a hobby). He has made at least half of the furniture in our house. He's worked a lot in hardwoods over the years but has turned his talents towards the more weathered look (at my request). He doesn't use a pattern, just draws what he wants, takes measurements of the space and dives in.
This kind of furniture with all the distressing is harder to do than a finished cherry piece. To distress it to the point where it doesn't look manufactured is a difficult task. I'm still playing with what to put on the shelves, trying out different looks.
The bottom shelf for now is a designated Easter shelf. My granddaughter who arrives on Saturday will love it.I've also been working on the guest room upstairs. My hubby came through again and made some pieces for the room, painted with different colors and then weathered and distressed to bring it down to underneath layers of color. The look is great, just got them set up so I'm not finished fixing them yet but it's been great fun.
How clever is he and lucky I am to have him - Love you dear hubby!