Ever wanted to make black Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? After getting a little tip from Justin at Paint In My Hair, I decided to do just that. While I did successfully make my can of Graphite darker, I still did not get my Graphite to black!! We picked up 3 ounces of black pigment (the typical amount of pigment used to make a can of black paint) from a Duron store and I probably added half of it to my can of Graphite. I was being cautious because the Duron clerk said if you add to much pigment the paint won’t dry. Yikes, I definitely didn’t want to waste a can of ASCP, so I added a few drops at a time, then shake shake shake, and repeat until I got a darker shade of Graphite. After adding about what I assume is half of the pigment I chickened out and decided to stop there for fear of the dreaded always-wet-paint-syndrome I’d been warned about. So without further ado I’ll introduce you to Graphite: In the Dark.
Justin told me to use “pure black pigment” which I could not find anywhere, so I’m not sure if my results would have been different if I had found some. I used clear wax to coat but I’m sure if I had used dark wax I might also have been able to achieve a blacker look! A couple bucks of pigment vs. $20 something and more of the wax on, wax off action and I think we have a winner! Next time maybe I won’t chicken out and I’ll keep going until I get black and paint it on to see if it dries.
I scored this solid wood American Drew in off of Craigslist for $30. That’s like free for my area. Woohoo. Paint on the bottom, stain on the top! I’ll tell you my staining story next week.
have you had any success (or failures) with either custom tinted ASCP or mixing colors to achieve the one you want? If you have a post link it in the comments so we can all take a peek!
Have a great weekend everybody!