After painting the spooky nightstand that I shared a while back, I had an idea that it would be worthwhile to compare the shades of black paint that are available from Dixie Belle Paint Co for you guys. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post because there’s a giveaway today too!
So, the thing is, much like with white paint, there are lots of options for black.
With the spooky nightstand, I painted it overall in Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky chalk mineral paint, and then stenciled over that in Dixie Belle’s Anchor Silk All-in-One Paint thus making this piece a good representation of the difference between those two black paints.
There are two factors at work here; color and sheen. The Midnight Sky is what I would call an off-black, it has a slightly more faded look than Dixie Belle’s Caviar. In addition, the chalk mineral paint is very flat. The Silk All-in-One Anchor paint is a little bit darker than Midnight Sky and has a bit more sheen, thus creating the look above when it’s stenciled over the Midnight Sky (the diamond pattern and the damask pattern).
Now, I know the differences between the three are pretty subtle, but I’m hoping you can see them here.
That’s paint only, no added topcoat. The Anchor clearly has a bit more sheen than the other two, and the Caviar is a bit darker than the Midnight Sky.
When I first starting using Dixie Belle paint, I originally fell in love with the Caviar.
I used it on so many pieces!
One of my favorites was this bed …
Caviar is a deep, rich black.
But then I discovered the Midnight Sky and I used it on my baby grand piano. This is a slightly more faded version of black, still definitely black, but not quite as deep and dark as Caviar.
I feel like the Midnight Sky is just a tad more forgiving when it comes to dust and fingerprints. My baby grand gets a fair amount of wear and tear because I basically use it as a workbench most of the time. For that reason, I thought Midnight Sky would be a better choice for it.
I also used Midnight Sky on this Eastlake style bedroom set.
This shade of black is the perfect complement to brass or gold hardware.
This brings me to the new-ish Silk All-in-One black paint from Dixie Belle called Anchor.
First, to save you from the confusion that I experienced, I want to point out that the Silk color called Black Sands is not black, but a dark charcoal.I ordered it thinking it was black. Even looking at it in the jar, you won’t immediately realize that it isn’t. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the color. It was perfect on this dresser …
But it’s not black.
If you’re looking for a fabulous charcoal grey though, it’s perfect. In fact I just ordered more of it to paint some wooden folding chairs for my porch. I think it will be perfect on them.
But the Anchor is the true black in this line. Aside from stenciling it on the spooky nightstand, I haven’t actually painted a full piece of furniture in this color so I don’t have a picture of one to share with you. But I wanted to include it here in my line up anyway. As you may already be aware, the Silk line is Dixie Belle’s version of a primer, paint and top coat all in one.
To recap, Caviar and Midnight Sky are more flat (but of course you can add sheen with a top coat). Anchor has more sheen due to its built in top coat. Midnight Sky is a faded black, while the other two are darker.
Now, please don’t read too much into the brush strokes in that Caviar example above. I let my brush dry out, and then still tried to paint with clumpy bristles. Rooky mistake, and something I would never do on a piece of furniture but this was just a practice board.
Now for the fun part. I’m giving away a 16 oz size jar of all three of the Dixie Belle blacks, plus three of their brushes to use to apply them. So one lucky winner can try out all three and decide which one is their favorite!
The rules: Simply leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible to win.
Your comment must be left on this blog post, not on Facebook or Instagram. You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!
I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).
The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $140, if the prize is not claimed by Thursday, November 4, 2021 another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.
Thanks to Dixie Belle for providing the paint and brushes I am giving away today. Good luck!