How to – get the wet waxing finish on your furniture..?
I have been asked so many times on my Facebook page how did I achieve this finish on my furniture. It’s very simple to do and the end result…well you know it already…
You all have heard about the “dry brush” and the “white wash” technique. The dry brush is when you take a little paint on your dry brush and go over the furniture lightly to get the effects of that color. While white-wash is when you brush diluted paint over the furniture and wipe it off immediately. These two techniques have been around for centuries. They both brightens up furniture add interesting depth and dimensions.
So I mixed these two techniques, and came up with something new called “wet waxing” technique. I used “wax mixed with diluted paint” to achieve this look. I find the very best results come from using chalk paints, and a textured furniture. The brushed in chalk paint and the textured furniture leaves a surface for wax to grab onto, leaving a beautiful and bright finish.
So let’s get started.
HERE’S HOW TO GET THE “WET WAXING” TECHNIQUE ON YOUR FURNITURE
- Prepare your furniture as you would do normally. Sanding, wiping,priming (if needed), and painting. This desk belonged to my Client’s grandmother, so it needed extra care. Hence, I sanded it thoroughly. Then I did two coats of primer and three coats of gray paint. I used Zinsser stain blocking oil based primer and wise owl smokey quart.
2. After you finish painting, apply a coat of clear wax or any top coat you like. I personally preferred a coat of clear wax. I used a clean rag to apply Jolie Paints clear wax. It is very important to apply the top coat which helps control and remove the amount of wet wax you will be applying on top of it.
3. Now comes the fun part. Mix a tea spoon of white paint to three spoons of water. I used wise owl paints color Bone. Then mix the solution to a spoon of clear wax to create a DIY tinted furniture wax.
4. Apply the DIY furniture wax with a chippy brush in small areas and rub it into the furniture with a clean chippy brush. As you will rub, the wax will start soaking up into the wood and dry immediately to touch.
5. Follow the same process to achieve the finish. Once its complete, leave it to dry. I typically don’t work on it for a minimum of 8 hours. Then sand it lightly for a smooth feel. I used my 220 grit sanding block for it. Finally apply a coat of clear wax again and buff to desired sheen. The more you buff the wax, the glossier your finish will be.
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!! IF YOU FINISH YOUR PROJECT IN THIS FINISH, THEN I WOULD ALSO LOVE TO SEE YOUR PROJECTS..IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL WELCOME TO LEAVE A COMMENT.