How To Make Dark Wax For Furniture

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.


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Comments

  1. Looks great! Glad you are happy with how it turned out. Did you know that Minwax makes a dark paste wax? I had to find mine on Amazon because I couldn’t find it at lowe’s or home depot. But I thought I’d share that info. :)
    Kelly

  2. I really like how your dark wax turned out! I have used AS dark wax but wouldn’t mind using something a bit cheaper! Great tutorial on how to go about it. Thanks! ~ Jamie

  3. Holy cow I am so happy I saw this! I have my tin of Annie Sloan dark wax and the way I use it is to thin it out with paint thinner. It makes it like a glaze, but waxes at the same time so you save a step. It also dries much quicker than glaze or using stain and then still needing to wax. It does make the wax last longer, I have half a can left, but I wasn’t sure what I would do when I ran out. I am totally going to do this!
    Thank you!
    Susan
    SunflowerHugs

  4. This is awesome! I hope you shared this at the Pinworthy Projects Party this week because it is an awesome tip.

  5. Awesome! You are much braver than i! Good job.
    *hugs*deb

  6. What a great idea! I’d love it if you’d link this post to The Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop. I have lots of readers that use the Annie Sloan paint and I think they’d be interested in this.
    http://acultivatednest.com/2013/05/the-creative-homeacre-hop/

  7. Just bookmarked this post…great tutorial!!!
    -andi

  8. Hopping over from Whipperberry.

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  9. Aren’t you the enterprising one! I think I might have to try this. I bought some lime wax which gives a whitewash finish at a woodworking store, and it cost an arm and a leg for a little bitty tin. I don’t see why this wouldn’t work with clear wax and white paint, do you?

  10. Thanks so much for sharing a DIY recipe for wax. I live in Canada and am finding it difficult to source out all the most frequently referred to waxes (and I’m cheep, too! ha!:)). I want to give this a try.

  11. That’s awesome! What a great tip! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  12. I read your instructions for making my own wax for antiquing furniture I painted with chalk paint and it came out awesome thank you! I will make my own chalk paint as I have a lot of furniture to paint!!!! Love your blog! Marti

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