black paint
February 15, 2012

Here is a little sneak peek at my powder room that I painted black the other week.  As you can see there is still work to be done but I thought I’d give you all a peek (massive shadow and all) and share some do’s and especially dont’s when painting with black.

*Go with flat.  I tried matte in order for easy clean up (4 kids has me thinking this way, always).  But it looked like laquer.

*Better yet – go with Chalkboard paint.  I’ve used chalkboard paint and I love the finish (bottom right picture).  I don’t know why I didn’t just use it again, except that I wanted to be a bit adventurous and try something new.

*Wash your paint brush out after each coat.  I put mine in a plastic bag, thinking I’d do the second coat the next day.  I didn’t and it was a bit goopy.

*It may take more coats than you think.  It took me 3 coats to cover up the off white.  I thought it would be the opposite but it’s not so.

And some painting tips Jo from Miz November gave me:
*Use Frog tape – It has a paint resisting agent in the sticky stuff that keeps the paint from bleeding underneath.
*Best brush for trim –  2 1/2 inch angled
*Rollers – textured walls need a thick nap. Smooth walls do best with a smaller nap, or even a foam roller cover.  This is important….. I did not use the right roller on the first coat and it added a good 2 hours to my work

The color I used is Greenblack by Sherwin Williams.

Do you have any painting tips or favorite dark colors that you’ve used?

P.S.   I’m also loving my new Mr. Moustache Mobile.


commented on February 15th 2012 at 8:51am

Lovely! Using chalkboard paint is a good tip. It does have such a great texture. Thanks for sharing my humble advice. It looks like you did a great job.


replied on February 15th, 2012 at 11:29pm

@Miz.November, Thank you for the great advice! I did ok. It could have been a lot worse considering my skills and the dark color :) XO t

commented on February 15th 2012 at 10:53am

Your baby could not be any sweeter. Love the black!!!


replied on February 15th, 2012 at 11:29pm

@Dana Wolter, Awww, thank you Dana!

commented on February 15th 2012 at 7:05pm

looks great! i’m obsessed with chalkboard paint.


replied on February 15th, 2012 at 11:30pm

@allison {live love small}, Thanks, Allison. I’m obsessed too. Hope you are well!