What isn’t to love about classic black? Honestly, I didn’t use a lot of black when I started my business almost four years ago. I have always been a more lighter and brighter kind of girl with a true love of any hue of blue. This was until I painted my first piece in General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black. It was a old sideboard and I was astounded that a few coats of black could turn a very vintage piece into true glam.
The differences between General Finishes milk paint (shown above in Lamp Black) vs. their chalk style paint are great. The chalk style paint is thicker, easier to mix colors and distress. It has the typical, flat, chalk paint finish. Their milk paint is much more diluted and not the easiest to distress but has a nice sheen to it. The chalk paint needs to be sealed whereas the milk paint can actually hold its own without a sealer (although it is recommended for pieces that will require a lot of use). Both styles of paint do not require a primer or sanding prior to application.
This week, I was lucky enough to try General Finish’s new chalk paint line. I mixed half part Pepper Black to half part Empire Gray and created a gorgeous deep gray/almost black hue. While drying, I dabbed the black onto my brush to basically streak it over the deep gray. I only lightly brushed over the detailed sides to highlight the design and then used 220 grit sandpaper to distress it. The whole piece was easily sealed in General Finishes Flat Over Flat topcoat. I used a simple sponge brush to apply it – nice 🙂 The top was left in its perfect shape with its gorgeous striations.
The difference between this chalk style paint and my other favorite, Annie Sloan are minimal but there are a few. I find Annie Sloan slightly easier to distress. I also feel that the Annie Sloan wax (while tedious to apply) does give a piece more of an aged look versus the GF topcoat. It depends on the look you are going for on what sealer to use. The GF sealer is a liquid and needs to be evenly brushed over the piece or it can give a cloudy look where it settles unevenly. Believe me though, brushing on a sealer as opposed to waxing a piece is a whole lot easier on your arm!
I am a fan of both types of chalk style paint and both types of sealers. I love that there are now even more options and plan to mix both types with each other to create more interesting colors. I also enjoy having a choice of sealer to use. A win-win!
I must add a pic of my Christmas angel. My girls found him broken in the trash at the Lucketts holiday market a few years ago when I had a space there. He has lost part of his wing and you can still see the split where I glued him back together. He also lost his trumpet somewhere along the way but he reminds me of that weekend I spent with my girls at Lucketts and I love him ♥