How To Use Dark Wax To Antique Furniture

Today’s contributor is Patricia from The Wood Spa and she is a sharing a tutorial on how to use dark wax to age furniture. All posts contributed by Patricia for Grillo Designs can be found HERE.

Easy to follow tutorial on how to use dark wax to antique furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com



 

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One of the simplest and most beautiful ways to give an antique look to a piece of painted furniture is by applying dark wax.

 

There are several brands of wax and, more recently, companies have started offering waxes in a great variety of colors besides the traditional clear and dark. The ones simply called “dark” or ” antiquing” wax are still my favorite.

 

No matter what brand you choose, my only recommendation is to look for a very soft one. The softer the better, as it allows you more time to work on your piece before it dries.

 

Tip 1 on using dark wax to antique furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Annie Sloan’s dark wax is a very good product, but its consistency is a little hard compared to some other brands. When using A.S. dark wax, I usually pre-mix it with a soft clear wax to make it more workable.

 

Mix soft wax with dark wax to age furniture/ Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Another excellent product is Antiquing Wax by American Paint Company. Both their clear and dark wax are already deliciously soft and easy to work with.

 

Tip 2 on using dark wax to antique furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

 

HOW TO APPLY DARK WAX

Please check out my video below for a more in depth look!

 

After painting and sealing your piece, wait until it is completely dry before applying dark wax. Depending on the sealer you used, drying time may vary between 2 to 12 hours. I previously wrote a post about how to make chalk paint at home – click here to read it.

 

Tip 3 on using dark wax to antique furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Why sealing it first? Water-based sealers and wax don’t mix so if, for example, you you apply polycrylic on your waxed piece, you will get a messy coat of both products that won’t dry and will come off on your hands and clothes. (Yes, I learned it the hard way). Also, if you apply clear wax on top of your dark wax, the second will remove the first.

 

Tip 4 on using dark wax to antique furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

You can use a cheap brush or a wax brush to apply the wax. Make sure you remove loose bristles before using it.

 

how to use dark wax over chalk paint to antique furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Immediately after applying it, wipe off the excess using a clean rag. How much wax you remove is up to you. Remove more if you want just a subtle antique look, such in this chair, or leave most of it if you want it to look beautifully old.

 

how to apply dar wax to furniture to get the antique look/ Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Wax dries fast, so work on one small area at a time.

 

Tip 5 on using dark wax to antique furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

If you think you went too heavy in a certain area, don’t panic. Just apply a little clear wax over the dark wax and wipe it with a clean rag. The clear wax will remove the most of the dark wax so you can start that spot over.

 

how dark wax looks on furniture after application / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

Dark wax gets into all nooks and crannies giving it a beautiful aged look.

the effect of using dark wax on furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

WATCH MY VIDEO to check out how I used dark wax on this chair and cedar chest.

 

 

 

OTHER WAYS TO USE DARK WAX ON FURNITURE:

You can also use dark wax to enhance raised details on certain pieces. Use a rug or thin brush to apply it on the desired area wipe off excess with a clean rug.

 

using dark wax to bring out the features in furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

dark wax effects on a ceder box/ Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Here are some other examples of how to use dark wax on your painted pieces.

 

Dark wax on carved details click here to read my full tutorial for this

 

how dark wax looks on carved furniture details / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

getting the aged look with dark wax / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

vignette effect from using dark wax on furniture / Grillo Designs www.grillo-designs.com

“Vignette” effect. Apply wax only on the edges and remove it with a rag in circular movements.

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I hope this was helpful. Thanks for reading and feel free to ask me questions in the comments area below!

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Comments

  1. Amanda W.

    This is probably a dumb question, but can you use wax on wood laminate? I have a coffee table I am trying to revamp and I didn’t know that under the layers of nasty black paint it was actually wood laminate instead of solid wood. My hope of staining it are gone, but I am wondering if I can antique it with a dark wax or if I will have to just paint it first……whatcha think?

    1. Not a dumb question! Inhonestly never waxed straigh on laminate, but any surface accepts paint, so that would be my choice. Paint then wax. Good luck!!

  2. Adrienn

    Very useful, I’ve learned a lot already, thank you! May I ask, before applying dark wax, what type of sealer I should use as a finish on chalk paint? Can I use dark wax (for antiquing) on chalk paint without any sealer?

    1. Adrienn, I normally use Minwax Polycrylic but you can also seal your piece with clear wax, then apply dark wax. I hope this answer your question.