Thursday, May 28, 2015

Making a Glaze using Annie Sloan Dark Wax

Hi fellow DIY fans!  Today I'm showing you how I made a glaze using unscented mineral spirits and Annie Sloan dark wax.

Here is what you will need:

  • unscented mineral spirits
  • clean cloths (definitely more than 1)
  • brush of choice
  • Annie Sloan dark wax
  • container for mixing
  • measuring spoons (if you prefer not to eyeball it)
  • plastic utensil for stirring 

*******To prevent the wax for excessively staining the color, do a coat of clear wax and wait 24 hours before covering in the dark wax glaze.*****  This was the preferred method on most blogs I read and I prefer it also.

Because it tends suck up the mineral spirits quickly, I made the glaze in small batches.  One batch covered one chair.  It was more wax than glaze by the time I was finishing the chair so figured small batches are best.

M&M (Measuring & Mixing):

I didn't want to lose the integrity of the wax, so I didn't do 50/50 like some suggested but close. Instead, I used 2 parts wax to 1 1/2 parts mineral spirits.  For this project, I used 1 TBSP dark wax and 3/4 TBSP mineral spirits.  Any less mineral spirits and it was too waxy to be brushed on.  It takes a few minutes for the wax to dissolve.

It's actually a really easy process.  Paint it on and wipe it off.  Done.

Action shots below.

Here is a comparison of the chairs: one with clear wax and one with a dark wax glaze (after the first coat of clear).  Quite a difference!  What do you think???

P.S.  These chairs were painted in SW Intellictual Gray 7045 (similar to AS French Linen)

Next:  King's Gold Gilding Wax and THE FINISHED PRODUCT!!!!!

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