Using homemade chalk paint, this is the project I painted. And I could kick myself for not getting a "before" shot of this piece. Let me describe the original: using regular paint, it would have needed sanding because there was a lot of gloss on the veneer. So...
I happened upon a blog at deannario.com called "It's Just Me" and saw her fabulous work. I emailed her and asked questions and she shared that she mixes plaster of paris with water and adds it to paint. More plaster or paris means more of a chalky appearance.
So, I had a can of light blue paint in a satin latex and put about 3/4 cup in a container. I added about 1/4 cup of a plaster/water solution. (I added enough water to the plaster of paris to make it like runny yogurt.)
That's all! I waited a day, then sanded it down before applying urethane to the top and paste wax to all the other parts. I'm happy with the results. I didn't pay much for this piece and it's so lightweight - I knew not to invest a lot of time in it with sanding and priming. It won't sell for a lot of money!
Mixing the chalk paint took less than 5 minutes. Love the results!