One of the most underestimated components of DIY refinishing and refurbishing is waxing. While the paint, plaster, sanding, and sealing are all important, waxing is a finishing technique you can use to take your pieces to the next level. Waxing does not have to be just for protection, either! It can add a layer of color and texture that no other material can provide to your piece. It also can highlight the depth and design of your furniture, wall decor, wood features, and more! Best of all, it gives an Old World look to any piece -- a look that cannot be replicated in the same way with other techniques.
Combining Paints and Waxes for Old World Looks
Amy Howard At Home offers a number of wax products you can use to create Old World finishes. Using a variety of carnauba (a hard wax used for bowling lanes) and softer beeswax, these products are high quality and easy to use.
During this week’s Finish Friday, Amy demonstrates how to layer wax and paint to give an aged, Old World look to nearly any surface. While you may want to use our harder Dark Wax, Light Wax, or Liming Wax to brighten or shine your finished pieces, our line of soft waxes is just as amazing.
In today’s Finish Friday, Amy focuses on how you can mix our line of soft waxes with our specially formulated paint.
To pull off this Old World waxing technique, Amy shows us how to mix a squeezable wax, such as the Vintage Cerusing Wax, with your favorite color of One Step Paint or Toscana Milk Paint. Of course, always make sure to offload excess tinted wax before applying it to your piece! This evenly distributes the wax on the brush, making your wax application smoother and more consistent.
In the video, Amy also shows us how wax can be used with Dust of Ages to create depth and texture, as well as give an antique but solid finish. This provides a unique aged look to almost any surface, and looks especially nice on wood or plaster!
You can create colored and metallic waxes with our range of One Step or Toscana Milk Paints to use on furniture, kitchen cabinets, and accessories. This involves a simple mix of squeezable wax, paint products, and careful application, but the result is a unique Old World finish that you can’t get with any other combination!
Curious how this works? Make sure to watch the Finish Friday broadcast for all of Amy’s great tips!
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