…the bella desk in annie sloan graphite

Once upon a time I had a client that wanted black paint. A true black. I was not working with a true black at the time and so I set out to experiement. I ended up with Cece Caldwell that makes one and the piece turned out great. Many of my readers told me how I could achieved black using different methods. One was using dark wax over Graphite. I wanted to try this technique out on one of my pieces before I tried it for a client.


A dear friend of the family’s offered me some GORGEOUS pieces that in all honesty did not need paint. They were beautiful. I knew when I saw the desk I wanted a dark color. So, I painted the desk Graphite and once I completed 2 coats of paint, one of clear wax and then the dark wax – ALL. OVER. THE. PIECE.



I still like to rough up my pieces so even when I applied the dark wax with my rag I did not worry about being too pretty about it.





Then this happened. It’s a Graphite miracle.

The Bella Desk (named for my newest niece)…$450 (shipping available via USHIP)


  1. Looks great! I have a similar piece that I’ve done in graphite on top and country grey on the bottom, but after 2 years I’ve been thinking about all graphite. Guess what this weeks project is!!

  2. Hi, I love this beautiful desk…just thought I’d share my solution for “true black” when using ASP Graphite. Simply add 1-2 bottles of India ink in black, available at any arts and crafts store. It works very well and does not change the attributes of the ASP at all.
    I am a mixed media artist and furniture rescuer…

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