Yes, the distressed look is in, but some items should remain rust-free. Use vinegar as an easy rust remover for old hinges, screws and metal garden furniture exposed to humidity.
We had this awkward wooden table that had absolutely no use, but we didn’t quite want to get rid of it either because of sentiment, and an old pinewood bookshelf (if you could call it that) and decided to convert the two pieces into a one-piece bookshelf table unit that could stand against a wall out of the way, and actually have some storage use. I’m impressed with how it turned out! Pop into a used goods store, see what you can pick up for a good price and give it a try!