New York Black


Maybe it has to with being from New York, but I love black. Fashion, design, decor, even paint feels elevated to a new elegance when it’s our neutral and darkest color. It highlights everything around it and yet stands out on it’s own. The epitome of chic. Paint it, wear it, always in good taste, timeless and on trend, it makes a statement on it’s own, no matter how it’s used. Every room should have a touch of black

I’m not sure I posted about it, but I painted all of my interior doors black (Rustoleum, oil-based, semi-gloss).


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint doesn’t have a true black, more of a dark rich charcoal grey, Graphite

graphite buffet

Pure & Original Paint has several blacks; Black Truffle, Black Hills, Black Smoke, and Black. This is my latest project using Pure & Original’s Classico Paints, Black Smoke and Black.

Black Smoke Black

Here is how I did it: my first coat was P&O Classico Black. Once dry, I added subtle highlights with Black Smoke.

Black Smoke Black large copy

I left the top and edges the natural finish, wiping off any paint I mistakenly put there. Pure and Original makes a Dead Flat Eco Seal, which I love, but I wanted a bit of a shine, so I finished with Annie Sloan Clear Wax, buffing well. I’ve mixed brands before, and Annie’s wax seals P&O Classico (chalk) beautifully. Pure & Original doesn’t offer a wax at this point, because it’s not necessary to seal any of their paints. I chose Clear Wax because I wanted a sheen. Perfectly and completely black:)

If you feel the same way I do about black, you’ll want to check out these posts: Get Your Black On, Black Colors, and Graphite and Exposed Wood






karen@ somewhatquirkydesign

I’ve used the Black and loved it. I found that it has a smokey cast to it depending on the light. Using Annie Sloan Dark Wax directly on the Black “blackened” it and left a slight sheen – I didn’t buff to shine. I think if I bought the other 3 colors of P&O black I might never paint another colored piece!

Mary Molnar

Hello, Love your work, with the different blacks.

When you say you added subtle highlights with Black Smoke, over the P&O Classico black. I’m a little slow could you explain that a little more to me?


I love your work, I have been a closet painter for years… Most of the ” decorative” painting you see is very bad, you’re a real artisan. I am embarking on two projects using black and this is incredibly helpful. I am going to attempt the highlights and lowlights but am a bit nervous they might appear”done”. I assume it is just careful blending?


I’m from NYC and love and get the whole black everything thing. Love this chest! I love everything about it! I’m inspired for my next masterpiece!


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