Hello my friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and did something nice for yourselves… you deserve it!
Let’s talk grey.
Shades of grey are a HUGE colour trend. Don’t believe me? Go check out some popular boards on Pinterest! You’ll see beautiful designer grey rooms paired with popping jewel tones and soft yellows and pinks. Furniture make-overs and décor go hand in hand. Gorgeous grey washed furniture displayed as focal points in a room is fab!
I just finished up-cycling a 70’s side table and want to show you how I Grey Wash Furniture with Wax. It’s very simple to do and the end result …well I’ll let you be the judge….
DIY Grey Wash originated from white washing wood which has been around for centuries. The wash effect brightens up furniture and adds interesting depth and dimension. This wash technique using DIY Tinted Wax is best suited on painted furniture. I find the VERY best results comes from using chalk paint, a brush, and a textured piece of furniture. The brushed on chalk paint and grain textured furniture leaves a porous surface for the tinted wax to grab onto.
So lets get started.
Here’s How To ~ Grey Wash Painted Furniture with Wax
1. Prepare your furniture for whatever method you are using for it’s base coat. As mentioned above, a brushed on finish is ideal for this grey wash waxing technique. Cleaning, sanding, priming and painting may be required for a regular latex paint. I painted this dark outdated 70’s side table using a HMCP Recipe in white. Because I used chalk paint, I gave the table a thorough cleaning but NO sanding was required.
2. After you finish painting, apply a CLEAR coat of wax. I used an old rag to apply Minwax Paste but whatever wax/application you enjoy using will work. This first coat of clear wax IS necessary. It will be the base wax which helps control and remove the amount of dark wax you will be applying on top of it.
3. Here comes the fun part. Mix some black or dark grey paint into your wax to create a DIY Tinted Furniture Wax.
4. Apply the diy dark wax with a rag and wipe off excess. Work in small sections to get the desired wash effect.5. If you see the wax is applied too heavily in some areas or you would like to lighten it up, use a 3rd coat of clear wax to reduce the intensity of the dark wax.
6. Sand and buff to desired sheen. I used my DeWalt sander with a 220 grit paper to speed up the process but hand sanding works just as well. The more you buff the wax, the glossier your finish will be.
I love hearing from you! If you have any waxing questions or tips, feel free to leave a comment.
Enjoy your day!