Recently Annie Sloan put out a white and black wax. I bought a small can of each so I could try them both out. I decided to try the white wax first because I have been thinking I may want to use it on my kitchen table I’ve been wanting to refinish and paint. I had a project chair that needed a coat of paint and a new cover for the seat. I had a can of Aubusson Blue I have been wanting to use on something. Aubusson Blue is a dark color so I thought it would show the contrast well. So I took the seat off, reupholstered it and gave the chair 2 coats of paint. I LOVE this color!
It is a lovely deep blue and I thought it would be fun to see how the white wax changed the color. On the Annie Sloan website the white wax is described as a finish that softens and lightens paint colors. I started with the top of the chair and applied the white wax directly onto the paint just like I would clear wax using a waxing brush. I left it on for about 30 min and then started buffing. Here is how it looked.
It was still pretty soft and was starting to come off a little more than I wanted. I was told that it’s best to leave it on for about an hour so it sets. 30 minutes definitely wasn’t enough time to set so I waxed the entire chair and waited for an hour. After it sets it doesn’t buff like clear wax. It stays on a little thicker unless you use pressure. But I liked how it looked for the most part so I lightly buffed it with cheese cloth and here is the finished product.
It definitely lightens the color and gives the piece a softer look. I like that you can still work with the wax and take a little more off in some places, giving it an uneven weathered look. And just like the dark wax it highlights the curves and designs of the chair. I have not tried it yet but this white wax can also be applied directly to wood to give the piece a limed look. Thinking I will have to try that out soon! 🙂
The white wax gives all sorts of options to Annie Sloan Chalk paint colors. I’m excited to try it out and see what else I can do with it. I have decided to use it on my kitchen table and chairs. I will be posting pictures of that when I am done with it. I am, to say the least, very excited about that project. It’s been needing an update for a long time! 😉
If you have used white wax on any of your own projects let me know how it worked out and what your experience was like. I am still new to white wax and would love some idea’s and tips. If you have any questions for me about this or any other project please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
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