"Graphite" Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
A soft black with purplish blues and brown undertones. Apply two coats to deepen the color.
Reminiscent of Gun Metal.
Graphite is a soft black – which I like to compare to a dark slate color! It is made with purplish blues, browns, and is not completely black. When waxed with Annie’s Dark Wax- the color becomes even more richer and warm. This is a popular color, especially when I am detailing a piece with vintage typography. I receive a lot of emails about this color. First- I want to clearly state again – this is NOT black. It is a rich color – close to being a slate, or think …dark pencil lead. Depending on the orientation of the surface painted- it can appear darker or lighter. It does have depth and interest- and clearly plays wonderfully with other pieces painted in a true black. When decorating a room- try to avoid the whole “Matchy-matchy” approach. Layer texture, patterns and hues of color….including various shades of “black.” This may be a new concept for some of you- but please trust me – it will look fantastic! Just because you have a “black” piece- does not mean you need everything else black. In fact- next time you are in a showroom of furniture- look at a room set up with ALL of the same black pieces…it can become quite …plain …and gives minimal interest….it does not provide as much visual depth as a room with varied pieces. But- to clarify- Graphite is not black. Using Dark Wax over Graphite richens it significantly and you may want to consider this as an option.
One of the coolest qualities of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan – is that it can be mixed with other Chalk Paint to create new colors with each other.
Consider reading this post here to learn more about making Graphite or any Chalk Paint™ color deeper in intensity by using Dark Wax.
I love using Graphite for decorative painting- either as the base or to use for my outlining.
Now many of you really wish Annie made a true deep black! I understand and feel your pain on this. These options will definitely appeal to you- but keep in mind- a TRUE DARK BLACK is not going to be achieved. This will be very close- but if you are trying to color match- chalk paint® may not be the answer.
Here are TWO options:
1. Paint a base coat of Aubusson Blue. Once dry, paint with Graphite. Then mix Dark Wax with Aubusson Blue and apply. This will significantly intensify the color to a black.
2. I had a customer visit my shop and she shared with me that she added 3 (one ounce) bottle of India Ink to one quart of Graphite and mixed really well together and created a deep black! (Please do not think that if you add 4 or 5 bottles it will be even better. There comes a point that when you add outside ingredients to your Chalk Paint® that you totally change the composition and reliability of it- and all bets are off regarding performance expectations. India Ink is available here on our website- click HERE.
Don’t forget when purchasing Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan- to consider purchasing her Clear Wax also. Annie’s paint and wax were created to partner perfectly together! The paint itself will harden but the wax will truly protect it! The wax does completely harden and it becomes hard and is water repellent. It is a wonderful protective finish that you can buff once dry- to the sheen you desire.
Some photos, displays and work designed and created by Annie Sloan.
- 1 quart
- 3.3 pounds