Originally Posted by Brushjockey
I suggest before you jump into anything spend some time here doing searches on those topics. We could answer them all again, but why don't you just sit back and read.
You will learn much.
I tend to agree and not to put you off. Happy to answer specific questions if after doing some research you come up against questions not answered.
I will pass on a couple things though that might not be mentioned. If you are dead set on black trim you are going to want to have the paint store order you a factory mixed black. Do not use a store tinted product as there will be too many colorant solids to try and shake or stir in evenly. You will likely end up with some color streaks.
Yes you want a primer under the black finish and make it a 50 percent gray.
You can use either oil or latex. I would use water based products with a high acrylic content and lots of UV protection. Just be sure and stir between almost every brush stroke. Use a paint conditioner like Floetrol with latex paints. Nice brush of course.
You will need a paint formulated for plastics to cover your switch plates and outlet covers, etc. Rustoleum makes such a product and Krylon Fusion is excellent. Or you can buy black ones in most configurations.
I do hope you think through this color scheme before proceeding because I think you will be disappointed. Black on white is going to be very stark and could get old very fast. White white is going to look smudged and dirty with every little scuff mark. All your furnishings, unless stark as well are going to look dingy up against a pure white.
That said, if you are after a high formal look it could be stellar with black drapery panels, ground white glass floor or something? Any strong color accent you added would really pop. Just be careful because it could all get away from you easily.