Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Glazing VS Dark Waxing

I'm a glazer. How about you? I'm sure there's a learning curve with dark wax, one I haven't been able to master unless I add mineral spirits to liquify the wax. Then I must clear wax first, add my liquified dark wax then clear wax again. With the price of this stuff and time involved, I prefer the tried and true glazing. Whenever I come across a piece that is carved and calls for glazing or dark waxing, I always forgo the chalk paint and wax. I just go with latex and a custom mix glaze.

I found this on CL. A very happy find I might add. Look at those legs!

She had some veneer issues which were puttied up with Quik Wood and smoothed out with my orbital sander.

After sanding and priming, I went with one of my favorite colors, Behr Light French Gray followed up with glaze mixed with charcoal acrylic paint. You know, the small tubes you can buy at the craft store for $1.99. I like to use 3 parts glaze to 1 part paint.






I have a whole tub of dark wax and would love to hear your tips on making it work for me. I find it's a really hard product to work with. Any advice?

Thanks for popping in!

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38 comments:

andrea@townandprairie said...

I know how you feel. Once I master something, sometimes I'm like- if it's not broke, don't fix it! Especially if I need to do a fast flip and don't have time to mess around w/ extra resources.

chickinstyx said...

I just did my first dark wax project, and it was a little bit of work but the result was just what I was looking for. I mixed up my own chalk paint, painted, sanded, then mixed Minwax paste wax with some ebony stain. The piece was flat, no great detail, so I just rubbed it in allover & buffed it off. It gave it an old used look that I was going for. Your piece is amazing, & I will probably stick to glazing myself most of the time. I'll have my cabinet up on my blog later today if you want to check it out.

Haley Estes said...

I just love this!! I too struggle with dark wax but I love MMS dark wax it is much easier to work with! What an awesome CL find!

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

hi Sue, I worte a very detailed post with lots of photos on how to use dark wax that may help you
http://www.lilyfieldlife.com/2013/06/how-to-antique-furniture-using-dark-wax.html
I love this piece you have done and have a couple of questions for you about it if you have a moment, did you just use glaze on the details or did you put on the drawers also? i love how clean most of this looks with the glaze just on the details. Do you use a top coat over the glaze?
I would love for you to join in my Paint Parade link party if you have a moment. I'm following your blog now. Found you at MMS.
cheers Fiona

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a magnificent transformation!!!
It took me a long time to get used to the dark wax - now I absolutely love it - BUT I love the look you have here too
( and you don't have to clear coat after dark waxing - I do my clear - then dark - then finished )
XOXO

Judy K said...

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LittleMyoo said...

this is SO SO SO amazing!!! Looks absolutely fantastic!!

-andi

Christy James said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Results lie ths make want to go back to sanding and priming...love it!!

Melinda Kibler said...

Thanks for the tips! I was looking for other people who use the paint with the wax. I love that technique the best...

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Susan Ewing said...

Also, I'm repeating someone else's question, but did you put glaze on the drawers as well? They look very clean if you did.

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