simple refinishing - cup oil & cup vinegar, white or apple cider vinegar and vegetable or olive oil. mix it in a jar, dip a clean cloth into the mixture, then rub it into the wood. no need to wipe off; the wood just soaks it in
DIY - Glow in the dark pots with mums for fall/Halloween. Buy a flower pot that you really like and use Rustoleum's Glow-in-the-dark paint to paint the pot. During the day, the paint will absorb the sunlight and at night the pots will glow.