Modernize a Vintage Side Table with Americana Decor Chalky Paint

Hi there! This post is sponsored by DecoArt Americana Home Decor and their new Chalky Finish Paint line. Of course all opinions are mine and only mine.


I love the look of vintage furniture updated to look modern. I personally have never painted any furniture before, I’ve always been too scared that I’m going to mess it up. Then one day while out thrifting, I came across this little beauty. It has clean lines, it’s mid-century, and for $15 I wouldn’t feel too badly if I totally messed it up. Plus it fit in my little car!


I had heard about chalky finish paint before. You don’t have to prime or sand first, it distresses easily, you can coat it with a wax or a varnish, or just leave it as is with the matte, chalk like finish. Seriously, how can you mess up? I’m pretty sure you can’t.

Americana Home Decor Chalky Paint in Everlasting
Americana Home Decor Light Satin Varnish
2 or 3 Foam Brushes


The paint went on ridiculously smoothly. I applied the first coat, let it dry for 2 hours then applied the second. I found some leftover walnut stain that I had and wiped that on the drawer, to really bring out the brightness of the white chalky paint.

The next morning I applied two coasts of the Light Satin Varnish. This stuff is amazing. It gave the piece such a smooth finish with a very minimal sheen. And it’s so soft to the touch.


Here is the finished piece! Not too shabby for my very first venture into painting furniture, right? I cannot wait to use more of the Chalky Finish Paint colors and techniques like layering and distressing.


You can find the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint, finishing waxes, varnish, brushes and stencils! at Home Depot and Michaels.

Chalky Finish Side Table


Check out this post on the DecoArt Blog, for more Chalky Finish Paint tips.

Happy Painting!


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  1. says

    I have never heard of this paint before. I just might have to find something to paint so I can try it. Love how you did the drawer a different color. Looks great! Thanks for sharing at nifty thrifty Sunday


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