Chalk paint has recently become very popular in the U.S. It gives a chalk matte look with more depth than ordinary white paint. It usually comes in white but you can add any color tint to make soft shades of different colors. This kind of paint works best on soft and porous woods such as ash or pine, and is an excellent choice for detailed furniture. It is a wonderful background for detailed paint and it can even be sanded, built up, or carved to give details or a distressed look.