Annie Sloan Wax can be EXPENSIVE! Yes, I’m sure it has WONDERFUL results ( I haven’t used it so I can’t attest to it) but I have found a great alternative that worked perfectly for the Boys’ Room Furniture.
First I cleaned the furniture really well and used scotchbrite to rough it up a tiny bit. Then I applied my homemade chalk paint. I decided to make my own dark wax. I found this great video tutorial on how to tint wax here.
So with paste wax and stain, I started my science experiment.
I measured out about 1/2 pint of paste finishing wax into a jar and placed it in a pot of water to melt. I heated it on medium heat until it was completely melted.
After it was completely melted, I mixed in about 1 tablespoon of the stain.
Then I let it sit for about an hour and it hardened up nicely.
Now, after applying a clear coat of wax on the drawers, I applied this tinted wax.
Can you tell?? No??
I couldn’t either!!!
I was kind of bummed but I decided try to make the wax darker.
I remelted that same wax and added black oil-based enamel to the melted wax.(Oil based is key. I do not believe a water based paint will mix with the wax.)
Now THIS is what I was going for.
I applied it generously to the drawers and then buffed it a bit WITHOUT applying clear wax first. If you don’t want to stain the paint, apply clean wax first, if you want to stain the paint (like I did) don’t apply clear wax first.
Applying the dark wax was scary but once I realized that if I got too much on, it was relatively easy to buff it off with a heavy coat of clear wax.
It was a little uneven so I applied another coat of clear wax on top of it and smoothed it out.
The above results are after being applied to a dark paint. The results below are after being applied to a light gray paint.
This wax has thrilled me. I really love the results and I had both the paint and wax so it didn’t cost me a penny!!
You can check out the finished dresser here