Why chalky finish? Many paints are available for finishing furniture pieces or decorative items. So why choose Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paints? They are the easiest product to use to achieve an aged, distressed look with any flea market find or even newly bought discount store items. And they don't require sanding or priming. Creating beautiful, vintage décor from cottage to traditional, country to contemporary doesn't take special skills or hours of training.