We’ve all got a hopelessly outdated chest of drawers or other piece of furniture gathering dust in our basements, bumming us out. Here’s an easy way to make it look attractive (after removing the hideous drawer pulls, of course): Annie Sloan chalk paint. The hassle-free paint developed by Annie Sloan, who’s based in Oxford, England, requires no priming, sanding, or anything at all complicated. Plus, it has extremely low VOCs, can be used on walls and metal surfaces as well as on wood, and the colors are great. Layer them to get the perfect shade (we’re fans of the Duck Egg Blue mixed with Country Grey); use distressing techniques and apply waxes to create interesting effects. Find the paints around here at Vintage Pine, Di Lucca Designs, Affordable Antiques, and Tattered Tiques. We’re upset we didn’t know about it sooner.