While there's nothing like the thrill of finding a lovely vintage piece in perfect or nigh-perfect condition, there's also a lot of fun to be had in repurposing or otherwise reworking a piece that has promise. I love seeing someone post a photo of a beat-up old piece of furniture that is chipped, maybe discolored, but still has beautiful lines, then post a photo of the same piece of furniture transformed into something amazing with just a little elbow grease, a few coats of paint, and maybe some fabric.
I collect those types of DIY projects whenever I see them posted. Maybe eventually I'll even have time to do something with one of them!
Here's a fun one I just found! All you need is an old jewelry box with drawers, an old book or three, and you can go from this: