This method is by far my go-to-being-lazy method for giving painted furniture a glazed look without spending the time to actually glaze it. It’s also seriously less messy than glaze.
(Our blanket box redo, using this technique).
- clear wax
- dark wax
- lint free rag
- cheese cloth
When I first used this method, I used Minwax natural and dark waxes. But I’ve since used many other waxes including Miss Mustard Seed’s antiquing wax and others. It doesn’t really matter – whatever your preference. Just grab a clear or natural wax and a darker wax.
1. Paint your piece if it’s not already painted. Easy peasy, right? Use any colour you like. Some of our favourites are Behr Swiss Coffee and Annie Sloan Old White. We also stained the top of this piece with Minwax Special Walnut. This method of glazing will look better on lighter paints.
2. Wax the whole piece with the natural wax. This totally makes the next step easier. Typically this is done by grabbing a teaspoon full of wax and wrapping it into the rag or cheesecloth. Then by buffing in a circular motion, the paste wax pushes out through the cloth creating a nice even layer. By using the clear or natural wax first, you will be able to get the dark wax just where you want it in the next step because it won’t “soak in” right away.
3. Use your index finger wrapped in a clean cloth, dab on a little bit of dark wax and accentuate the edges and details you want to stand out. Buff to even out and blend in.
That’s it! You’re done like dinner!
Remember wax is great for many pieces, but if there will be water or other liquids used nearby it may be better to choose a different finish, like our whitewash finish.
What do you think? You could do this, couldn’t you? Any pieces pop into mind?