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Aztec-Inspired Furniture Redesign

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™

Aztec-Inspired Furniture Redesign
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Aztec-Inspired Furniture Redesign

Aztec-Inspired Furniture Redesign

designed by Charlotte Smith

Redo a dresser in an Aztec-inspired pattern with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ paints.

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Learn more about Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™.


Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Legacy (ADC21)
  • New Life (ADC14)
  • Primitive (ADC26)
  • Refreshing (ADC13)
  • Relic (ADC28)
  • Serene (ADC18)
  • Smitten (ADC08)
  • Treasure (ADC19)

Americana Decor® Specialty Products

  • Clear Coat (ADM15)

Other supplies

  • ruler (and right angle)
  • pencil
  • painter's tape
  • dresser
  • clean cloth
  • drawer knobs
  • hand-sander
  • flat brushes
  • electric sander


NOTE: For pattern inspiration, look to Southwest and Aztec rugs and fabric designs.

  1. Choose a piece of furniture with evenly-spaced, flat drawer fronts or cabinet doors. Remove any hardware from the piece and lightly sand the surface with a hand-sander. Carefully clean with a damp cloth to remove any dust or build-up.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Using a right angle and a ruler, measure and sketch out a design. (Refer to final photo for design suggestion.) Lightly pencil the pattern directly onto the dresser surface.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Carefully fill in each pattern with the appropriate color with a flat brush. If needed, tape off each space for a crisp edge.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Apply the desired wax or varnish. Let dry. Once dry, screw in desired knobs and re-assemble the dresser.
  5. Using an electric sander, go along each edge and remove as much paint as desired. (This piece is lightly distressed around the drawer fronts, but that's an aesthetic preference.)
    Step 4 Example


An array of brushes will help make the painting a little easier. Flat-tipped brushes work well for the straight lines and smaller detail brushes are helpful for tight angles.