black paint

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.



  • Miz.November
    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.

  • Trina
    Commented 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

  • Dana Wolter
    Commented on February 15th, 2012 at 10:53am

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

  • Trina
    Commented on February 15th, 2012 at 11:29pm

    @Dana Wolter, Awww, thank you Dana!

  • allison {live love small}
    Commented on February 15th, 2012 at 7:05pm

    looks great! i’m obsessed with chalkboard paint.

  • Trina
    Commented on February 15th, 2012 at 11:30pm

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

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