I feel like Graphite is gaining in popularity. There is something very classy & high-end about a black piece of furniture. One of my very first pieces in my home was a black, rubbed buffet with bright red interior and it was the nicest piece in the house at the time!
I used Annie Sloan’s Graphite on a bedroom set recently for a client and I think they turned out wonderfully. Here is the before:
Originally she wanted “Uffizi” which is why you see the Old White, a measuring cup & a red bucket. But, that is a story for another day. We went with Graphite in the end.
If you’ve used Graphite in the past, you know that it is not a true black. In fact, when you apply your first layer you will notice that it is more of a chalkboard-black color.
It will get deeper and darker with more coats & with your clear wax, but it will never be true black. I must say, however, that I like this smokey-black a bit better because it doesn’t look like you just applied it with a spray can.
A few things you need to know about a dark color.
1. Stir, stir, stir. You will want to make sure your can of paint is shaken & stired so that the color is complete when applied. You will notice if you do not stir a darker color that the water seems to sit at the top.
2. Darker colors will most likely need more layers for complete coverage.
3. If you decide you want to sand your darker piece, you will notice that the dust will collect on your piece. Be sure to wipe it down with your dry brush & clear wax. If it is still white-ish in places due to your sanding you will want to touch up with your paint.
To be honest, a darker color is a bit more finicky so if you want the piece to look right take your time, let dry, layer and be detailed when you age the piece.