VIDEO: How to Apply Annie Sloan Dark Wax

 

Do you know how to create the look of age on your newly Chalk Painted furniture? In this video, I will show you how I do it using Annie Sloan Dark Wax and the reason why I use it sparingly.

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18 Comments

Pamela

Thanks for the video about dark wax. It is always very informative for me to see the actual amount of wax you put on the brush and your brushstrokes. Could you use a very small paint brush to JUST paint in the crevices to avoid the surface areas? In that way the surface areas wouldn’t change color…. Do you try to get in the crevices with you wipe-off rag too?? It looked like mainly you wiped off the surface areas with the rag, should we also try to get in the crevices?

I would love to see close-up photos of the piece before & after waxing. The angle of the video is up high above the piece as it should be to show your work, but getting some close-ups or stills afterwards would be interesting and informative. If it’s not possible to put that in the video, on your blog page would be great too.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Pamela,
Those are all great observations. I have used a small detail brush to dark wax in the crevices and it works very well but it seems to take much more time. Now I’m trying to create shadows by painting with Coco (or French Linen) and eliminate the dark wax. It seems wasteful and counterproductive to put wax(or paint) on and then wipe it off.
With the video’s….absolutely, I will try to incorporate before and afters, and close ups in the new ones I’m taping in February. Thanks for watching them and taking the time to give me feedback. Let me know what you think when I post them next month:),
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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sherri

Thanks for the video. I am new to chalk paint and waxing. After soaking up as much as possible from the internet and Youtube, i jumped in with my first projects using dark wax. I thought my old eyes were playing tricks because it turned out having a greenish hue and I didn’t know why.

I just came across your site, and here you are, talking about a green discoloration from using too much dark wax. My eyes were not deceiving me, at least not this time! Your videos are great and I really appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences and epertise. Haven’t decided if willl repaint the frame or not as it blends so well with the picture.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Sherri,
It took me several projects to realize how much dark wax changed the color and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you confirming this. I have never heard anyone else voice this “greening effect”, but it always bothers me. I have actually gone back and repainted few tables to neutralize the dark wax. Now I use Coco and French Linen and paint to create the shadows and then seal with the clear wax. Thanks for following the blog and especially for taking the time to give me feedback.
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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Jeannette

Oh yes Leslie; I also would love to see the shadowing done using Coco and French Linen! Thank You !!!

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Missy

Thanks so much for the great tutorials. I have been using Annie Sloan for a short time and find everything is a learning curve. I feel I have probably been using a bit too much wax, especially the dark wax. I LOVE the small, tall brush you are using with the dark wax. I think it is perfect for the dark wax. Can you tell me where to find it? Thanks so much!

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Missy,
I honestly don’t remember exactly where that brush is from because I’ve had it for a few years. Most likely it’s from an artist supply catalogue, like http://www.DickBlick.com and I started using it for the dark wax, because I don’t dark wax very often. I’m sure it was much less expensive than the Annie Sloan large wax brush I use for the clear wax. I wish I could tell you more but you shouldn’t have difficulty finding something similar, it’s fairly generic. Thanks for following my blog,
Leslie xxoo

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Jan W

I am also a new advocate of chalk painting and love the results. I agree that the dark wax “greens” the paint color a bit, as the piece I did in Duck Egg is more green than blue after applying the dark wax. I like the dark wax, however, your idea of creating shadow with Coco and French Linen sounds very interesting. Could you do a video showing how you do that?

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Pamela

I am a beginner too. I wonder if a different brand of dark wax could be use to reduce the green tint?

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Karen

I found that Minwax dark wax is a great alternative to Annie’s dark. Minwax isn’t near as dark as Annie’s and can easily be found at big box stores for about 1/3 the price. I was toning down Annie’s with clear and then found Minwax to be the same color as my mixed version. Saved a lot of time and money.

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Denise

Do you ever use the antique dusting powders? I have tried and it always ends up looking uneven. Perhaps you can assist with this technique. One other technique I have seen used is an ombre approach to painting with several colors or a monochromatic scheme. Any video demonstrating how to acheive the ombre or umbra look would be something I am interested in.

Thank you Leslie!

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Amy

Hi Leslie, your work is fantastic! I love the Annie Sloan paints, but have struggled with the wax. Now I can see I was far too generous with the dark wax. How would you recommend removing the dark wax when you have applied far too much? I have used the clear to try to minimize it, but that isn’t having the desired effect. Can I carefully use paint thinner? Or just paint over it? I need a “do over”.
Thanks so very much, Amy.

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