Step-by-Step Part 1: Chalk Paint & Wax
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The color is deeper with wax. A light coat of dark wax adds further dimension. You can enhance the effect even further by applying more dark wax.
This post has step-by-step photos of the chalk paint and wax process used in my "Beehive Box" project that I featured earlier in October. (Click here to view the Beehive Box micro project post.) I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, however, there are instructions for making your own on the web. Mixing your own chalk paint can save you money but you might not achieve the same quality. You choose which is the best the option for you.
Working on a small piece is a great option if you are new to using chalk paint or just want to practice your technique.
I used Annie Sloan products for this part of the project:
- Primer Red Chalk Paint
- Soft Wax
- Dark Wax
If you want a smoother finish or want to distress the piece then you can sand it at this point. Some people apply soft wax and then sand. There are pros and cons to both ways. I chose not to sand this piece as I wanted the texture of brush strokes. You will notice the paint is VERY flat and "chalky" -- after all it is chalk paint! But you can transform the look and feel using wax.
|Two coats of ASCP Primer Red|
How much wax to use? Well if there are dry spots that don't get covered as you rub it in then you need to use a little more. If you use too much it will not lay flat. The goal is to achieve a VERY thin layer of wax over the entire area, not too much and not too little. The wax will "set" or harden after it cures, but if you use too much it never really hardens. If you apply to much while you are waxing simply wipe it off.
|Soft wax applied|
|The waxed piece is the same color but deeper and slightly darker than the un-waxed version.|
3. Apply Dark Wax. I don't always use dark wax but chose it for this piece to give it a more aged look and to add dimension. The dark wax also gives the final finish a wonderful feel after it sets and hardens. Again, you can use either a brush or lint free rag to apply the dark wax.
|I did not apply dark wax to the center where I will apply a graphic transfer.Can you see where I didn't apply the dark wax?|
I will post Part 2 of the step-by-step photos showing the graphic transfer process soon.
|The Beehive Box|