Happy Monday friends, I’m so glad you’re here! I’m excited to share the new technique I used to create this boho/old-world PINK wax finish. Not only because I LOVE how it turned out, but because I also know some of you have spent hours prepping and painting your furniture and are totally stumped (or worse yet, scared) to top coat it. There’s this underlying feeling you may RUIN all your hard work by adding a wax or poly finish, right!? I get it… I’ve been there! In fact, I had similar feelings with this piece because I’d never tried a bold colored wax before.
Today’s post will show you how forgiving this top coating technique is! Not to mention the gorgeous effect furniture painting with wax can create. Here’s what I started with. This 70’s thrift store china cabinet bottom.
If you’re a long time reader, you know I’m not a stranger to tinting my own furniture wax. I’ve been doing it for years. I’ve created custom darks, white wax, and even mid-tones, but I’ve never painted a finish with PINK tinted wax!
And I know what you’re thinking. PINK??? It must look garish and over the top, right? NOPE. This finish adds depth and interest with a boho/old world style without being in your face… even though the peony I used is strong and bold. What do you think?
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- 70’s China Cabinet – SALVAGED!
- Sandpaper + Paper Towel
- Paint Brush & Chip Brush
- DB Peacock Chalk Mineral Paint
- DB Putty Chalk Mineral Paint
- DB Drop Cloth Chalk Mineral Paint
- DB Peony Chalk Mineral Paint
- Gator Hide Topcoat
- Dark Wax
- Clear Wax
FURNITURE PAINTING WITH WAX::
Today I’m sharing the top coating method I used. But if you’re interested in the layered paint technique I used to paint the base of this piece, you can see it here. The only difference is the colors. On this buffet, I used Dixie Belle’s Peacock, Putty and Drop Cloth which can all be found here. But any paint brand and/or combo of colors will work with this method of finishing.
Step #1 – Adding Paint To Wax
After my piece was all painted, I top coated and protected it with this water-based poly. This step is optional. I’m going to sell this piece, so I wanted the added waterproof protection. After the poly had dried, I mixed this pink in with some clear wax. It didn’t require a lot. I would say it was approximately a tablespoon of wax to about a teaspoon of paint. Of course, the amount you mix will depend on the size of your piece and how much area you want to cover.
Step #2 – Mixing Paint and Wax
I mixed the wax and paint together until it turned into a butter icing consistency. Doesn’t this look like it should be piped onto a cupcake?!
Step #3 – Painting Furniture with Tinted Wax
Once mixed, I used an inexpensive chip brush to apply the pink wax. I highlighted the inside of the panels, columns, and corners. If you apply it and find it’s not dark enough, you can apply – wipe it down – then apply another coat of your tinted wax.
Here’s what it looked like in the process. The pink wax was applied inside the left panel. No wax was on the right panel.
If the color seems a little bold or bright to you, no worries. You can “ERASE” your tinted wax with clear wax OR mute it with a dark wax… which is what I did in certain areas. Below, I’m applying a dark wax over the pink wax to create a layered and more antiqued effect. Look at all the depth and patina it creates!
The dry and cure time will depend on how much wax you apply and how much you wipe off. For this DIY Weathered Wood Bedroom Dresser, I brushed on the brown wax and just left it to dry. It took a few weeks to dry and a few more weeks to totally cure.
For this buffet, I won’t be listing it for sale right away for this very reason. I’ll probably wait a week or two until everything has dried 100%. It’s well worth the wait.
I hope this has inspired you to give painting with wax a go. It can really add depth and patina not to mention beautiful hues. The tinted wax options are only limited to the paint colors you have on hand and your imagination!
It’s a holiday Monday here (Victoria Day) so to all my Canadian readers, thanks again for dropping by. I hope you have a blast watching fireworks, relaxing and enjoying your day with family and friends. I’m heading out to enjoy mine! 🙂
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS PAINTING WITH WAX TECHNIQUE…AND THE BUFFET! IF YOU HAVE ANY WAXING TIPS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy waxing and have an inspiring day!
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