Does black wax scare the you-know-what out of you? It can be intimidating, right? It takes some creative-courage to slather black all over a freshly painted piece – especially if your piece is painted in a light color.
If you haven’t mustered up the courage to use black wax yet, I bet this table makeover in Annie Sloan Antionette will inspire you to give it a try!
Just as a little background on this table; last week I was on the hunt for some pink inspiration. I enjoyed sharing the pics that were sparking some ideas – and thank you for all your fun comments! I love chatting with you guys.
After checking my inventory, I didn’t find the style of furniture I was looking for. That’s okay – it makes for a perfect excuse to call my sister for a thrift-run. 🙂
We spotted this Mersman Walnut Table at a Savers…well, Andrea did. She’s not only the very BEST sister and my very BEST friend, but she also has these amazing eagle-eyes. I swear she can spot the good-stuff from a mile away with her better than 20/20 vision.
My first thought when I started painting this table was… Oh-No, this piece might end up looking like a cupcake.
To make sure it didn’t look like an edible, I did these 3 things:
1:: Distressed the pink chalk paint to allow some rich walnut to peek through.
2:: A ribbon of Annie Sloan Old White was added to break up the pink.
3:: Annie Sloan Black Wax was applied onto the bevelled edges and leg details.
This pink Antoinette table is the perfect piece to demonstrate that black wax doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you’re concerned a dark wax might be overpowering or look dirty or muddy, it’s okay to use it sparingly to highlight details.
Black wax on details creates depth, dimension, interest and instant patina. It’s also a wonderful way to introduce yourself to dark waxes without feeling overwhelmed.
Here are some close up examples of how the black wax ages the piece. Notice how it was just added to the lip of the two tiers and the crevices on the legs. It gives this table a vintage look without darkening the entire piece.
Tip:: The strength of any dark wax can be controlled by applying a layer of clear wax first and then applying the black wax where desired. In this case a Q-Tip was the perfect sized applicator for the beveled edge. If you find the result is too harsh, just rub a little clear wax over top to erase the black and tone down if necessary.
I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a try. Like everything in life, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing! You can start small and use black wax to highlight small areas rather than an entire piece.