Rusty metal + chippy old paint is my kind of thing. Just don't touch it for fear of tetanus!
I also realized that I hated my cabinet at the bottom of my staircase. It was wood & holds my collection of wood burnt boxes. It was just dark and nothing showed up very well.
I don't know why the thought never occurred to me - considering I paint just about all the wood in my house - but I decided duh - paint it. So I used the bathroom paint we had & ta da - the blue really pops against the yellow. The inside I had already painted green so I kept that.
I love it so much more. It's a huge difference in what was there. Plus, I've been way too lazy with my projects for sometime so it was nice to get some things done other than organizing drawers & closets.