I still, after many years, adore a good, white, shabby finish. This one came by accident.
I had the flip open top to a sewing machine table for quite awhile. I picked up an old mirror at the thrift store. I sanded the sewing machine top and decided I would go for a wood look only, no paint, something I rarely do. I Briwaxed the top, but then I didn't like it. Let's face it--I am a paint girl. Ask any of the men who have seen my stuff and freaked out over the perfectly good wood I painted over. So after using the Briwax, I painted over the wood. Of course the paint didn't stick very well to the paint and thus, this fabulous chippy finish was born.
I used a light stain over the top of the paint and a clear finish to keep it from further peeling. A few coat hooks to make it a super functional piece for the entry and that was it.