Classic black. Who can resist, right!? I’ve definitely painted my fair share, and I was recently asked what is the best black paint for furniture? With so many furniture paints on the market, choosing the perfect black for a project can be confusing. When I first started out I had NO clue what brand to use – not to mention I was on a penny-pinching budget. I couldn’t afford the more costly no-prep furniture paints so I started mixing my own chalky recipes to get a nice matte look. It worked beautifully and even today, I like mixing my own custom furniture paint. Having said that, I prefer not to mix my own black because you run the risk of getting little white specks (which usually only show up after sanding) if the chalking ingredient is not 100% mixed in with the paint.
Today, I’m sharing my go-to black paints. Along with some of my own restyles, I’ve included a few beautiful makeovers from super talented furniture painters and blogger friends. A big thanks to Marian of Miss Mustard Seed, Linda of Q is for Quandie, Mary of Orphans with Makeup, Katie of Katie&Co., Ildiko of Restored4U, and Maxine of Blue Cottage Studio. Each of their pieces have been painted in one of my favourite black paints which are in no particular order. I love all these brands. They give a unique finish, are easy to use, have great coverage, and come in a variety of price points. I hope this gives you a starting point to pick a black paint you love!
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Best Black Paint for Furniture Makeovers
Fusion Mineral Paint ‘Ash’ or ‘Coal Black’
Fusion Mineral Paint requires little to no prep and is easy to apply with good adhesion. It uses natural pigments rather than synthetic which makes for great coverage – 1 or 2 coats usually does the trick. Dry and re-coat time is 4-8 hours. Once cured, it doesn’t require a topcoat. Although, for high traffic items, I recommend one. I love ‘Ash’, which is a softer smokey charcoal. If you’re looking for a dark black, ‘Coal Black, is perfect. This paint sells for $40/quart.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint ‘Typewriter’
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint is all natural and comes in a powder that requires mixing with water. Some prep to the furniture may be required depending on the look your after. Coverage takes a few layers before it starts looking good. I usually paint 2-3 coats. Milk Paint is great for achieving chippy or distressed finishes, and creates interesting dimension with the blended pigments. This paint sells for $25/quart.
Dixie Belle’s Mineral Chalk Paint ‘Caviar’
Dixie Belle’s Caviar Black is a chalk mineral paint. It looks slightly blue in the container, but once applied, it’s a gorgeous velvety looking deep antique black. In the majority of cases, no prep is needed and the coverage is outstanding with 1-2 coats doing the trick. It dries quickly in 1-2 hours and does require a topcoat. This paint sells for $30/quart.
General Finishes ‘Lamp Black’
General Finishes Lamp Black is a deep true black. Versitile for pieces you don’t want to look quite as flat, yet you can easily achieve a matte finish if desired. It’s labeled as a milk paint, but it’s really a durable acrylic and can be sprayed beautifully. Prep and topcoat are recommended. This paint sells for around $37/quart.
Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint ‘Graphite’
Annie Sloan’s Graphite isn’t a ‘true’ black but makes for a gorgeous finish. In most cases no prep is required and 1-2 coats in this charcoal black gives a nice coverage. Dry and re-coat time is fast, usually within an hour. This chalk paint requires a topcoat and will have a beautiful depth when Black Wax is applied. This paint sells for $45/quart.
Sherwin Williams ‘Black Magic SW6991’ or ‘Iron Ore SW 7069’
Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel in Black Magic or Iron Ore are stunning. Prep is required. This paint can be used for interior or exterior projects – definitely tough enough for high traffic furniture like kitchen tables, chairs etc. It can be brushed on and I also love spraying it using my paint gun. No topcoat is required. This paint sells for $25/quart.
I hope you enjoyed the round-up and my list of favourite black paints for painting furniture.
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