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DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint Line - available at The Home Depot. Good to know if you want to try chalk-based paints & waxes but don't have a nearby supplier.
If you need your paint job to be durable, go with polycrylic. Polycrylic is great because it's durable like Polyurethane, but it doesn't yellow over time and it's really low-odor. To apply your polycrylic, just brush it on with a high quality paint brush. I did 2 coats, allowing it to dry for several hours in between.
pIve used quite a few different types of paint for a silver or metallic finish on the pieces Ive worked on. There are some I like and some I dont like. Here are some of the paints Ive used that I like: Martha Stewarts Metallic Paint Line I have /p
Furniture Makeover: Weathered Driftwood Furniture Finish. DIY instructions on how to create a lovely weathered wood driftwood finish for furniture from In My Own Style.