I am always amazed at the versitility of Annie Sloan’s products! And something I would like to point out, is that at The Purple Painted Lady®….we don’t just retail these products- we seriously use them. We push them, we pull them, we want to experiment with them- so when you havde a question- we have an answer based on experience!
One of the easiest ways to add richness and depth to a piece of furniture is with using Dark Wax to finish it!!! Dark Wax ages a piece and gives it a depth of richness compared to nothing else! This posts is specific to Annie Sloan products, but keep in mind- whatever is your product of preference- explore using Dark Wax like we show here.
This is Anne! Fortunately, Anne has been part of our team for years now. She has pretty much used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan for every home DIY project you can imagine. Anne has painted her kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity, baby’s crib, dressers, coffee table, her outside brick on her front porch, her mantle, her fireplace’s brick facade, and etc……….
Anne recently transformed a raw wood table we have in our Greece, NY location using Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax mixed with Odorless Mineral Spirits. Anne mixed the two in equal amounts to thin the Dark Wax to a “glaze” consistency.
Here is a close up of the table prior and the products Anne used.
Anne took a plastic spoon and scooped a couple tablespoons of Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax and placed them into a plastic cup. She then pouredan equal amount Odorless Mineral Spirits into the plastic container and mixed the two well. This will cause the Dark Wax to not be so thick and work more like a stain. The below photo shows the change on the raw wood after the initial application. Anne use an inexpensive Chip Brush and brushed it on and then followed up with wiping off the excess using lint free Scott Shop Towels.
Here is an action shot of the wood leg with the Dark Wax “glaze” being applied.
Seriously- you have to try this technique if you have a raw wood project. It is so easy and beautiful! Here is the tabletop completed.
And- here is the table back in place at our Greece shop location.
SAVE this image to Pinterest to remind you of this technique!
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