Friday, October 26, 2012

Dark Wax Tutorial

Happy Friday, friends!  Here is the long awaited dark wax tutorial {hope it was worth the wait}. 





The piece I used for the video will be heading to ReFresh Home this weekend so I will take some pictures after it has been staged.  Until then, here is a comparison of the piece with the clear and dark waxes.  I hope you are able to see how the dark wax not only deepens the color but adds definition.

Be sure to check out the chalk paint and clear wax tutorials.  Anyone have any dark wax tips or tricks to share?
 
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15 comments:

  1. I read on another blog to mix the dark wax with mineral spirits--like 1/2 and 1/2 and the wax becomes a glaze like consistency. I have applied it directly on the paint (no clear first) in sections. I go in all different directions and it gets in all the nooks and crannies. Then wipe the excess off with a clean cloth. It comes out awesome!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Susan! I'll have to try that because I would rather use what I already have as opposed to buying a glaze.

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  2. Thank you so much for another great tutorial. I have not tried the dark wax for the exact reasons you stated...it is very daunting looking in the can. I love that you can use the clear wax to "erase" the dark if you get too much on!

    Look forward to your next tip about the distressing...and thank you for answering my other question about the distressing as well. You are right, it appears to be a little lighter in color where sanded...I guess I just need to get over that!

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    1. Terri-Let me just say that I think this new {well, new to me} distressing technique will solve your problem! Promise I'll try to film it this week. :)

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  3. Cindy!

    This is a GREAT tutorial! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! When I've used the dark wax in the past it always dried too fast and I'd spend all my energy and patience on trying to even the finish with clear wax! I finally mixed it with the clear- and what a difference it made!! Your tutorials are so down to earth and easy to follow I would love some tips on distressing! I know in previous tutorials you have said you use multiple grits in sanding--I'd love to see you in action and where you use which grits!

    I have three under 5 myself, so I know how hard it can be to get a few minutes to do a project...and you look amazing while doing it!

    I've heard of distressing with a wet rag...have you tried this technique yet?

    Keep 'em coming sister!

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    1. Jennifer--3 under 5? I don't know how you do it, girl, because I am always tired! :) I ran into the same issue with the dark drying to fast and not being workable. Glad this solution worked for you. Distressing tutorial is next on the radar!

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  4. Cindy,

    Your tutorials are so helpful! I have a dresser/desk almost exactly to the one used in this dark wax video. I thought I ruined it with the dark wax and used too much clear to "erase". Now I know I can mix them and not be so afraid that I will making the piece look dirty! I'm going to be re-doing my desk. I used latex with the AS waxes and don't like the color anyway. I'll use ASCP this time for sure! You are so sweet I'm looking forward to more tutorials. Okay, It's "high time" I break out my new AS Waxwell brush!

    THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!!

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    1. June---Best part of ASCP...you can paint right over the wax with no prepping or sanding! It makes me not afraid to just go for it!

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  5. Mid America Mom12/10/2012

    Love the videos - you are so down to earth! The tips are great.

    Where I really suffer is in distressing. For my first piece (cherry end table in white) I was going for a more distressed look and ended up with a table only a Dalmatian dog lover would want LOL.

    I look forward to your next video on distressing! I've tried hand sanding, sanding block, and using an electric sander. I love hand sanding best but it tends to take a lot of time.

    Thanks!
    Mid America Mom

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  6. Did you ever do the other methods of distressing ?

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  7. Anonymous6/23/2013

    Do you wash the wax from the rags or just use new ones?

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  8. Where do you get the dark wax? I can only find the clear, but we live in small town so not many places to choose from

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  9. I love your dresser! I have an old dresser that I would like to create something similar to yours for my baby girl's nursery. The only thing is I asked my brother to paint it white while I was pregnant and he made a mess of it. He used a sander and did not use the same tension so it looks crazy. It's hard to explain but I could send you a picture.Do you have any suggestions? I would appreciate any help since it came from my grandparent's house and I would love to have it in their great grand-daughter's room. THANKS!!

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  10. Hi,
    I have one question regarding dark wax and large surface as a table or wardrobe. I found very difficult to work on such a big areas. What I end up with is dirt and mess, the wax is not equally stain the surface and I have no idea what should I do to avoid the messy and dirty look . Do you have any suggestion , please?
    Kat

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  11. Anonymous11/06/2014

    Love your blog. I'm from SoCal, but my Mama was from OK, so I totally understand the Crisco reference. I am new to Anne Sloane Products, so it is nice to see the different styles before I start. Thanks! Betsy

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