My Secret Dark Antique Wax Formula

August 23, 2017


I love using dark wax on my chalk painted furniture pieces. After a lot of trial and error and tons of practice, I have come up with my “signature finish” with dark wax. I tried using glaze to get the same effect but to be honest, I just don’t like using glaze.  It’s not “forgiving” like wax. I know many wonderful furniture painters who use glaze and get wonderful effects but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it! 


Using a dark or colored wax can totally change the look of a piece. After trying some commercial and boutique dark waxes I decided to make my own.  It’s much, much cheaper and I control the color and effect I want to achieve. 


After the painting is finished, I first apply a layer of Johnson Paste wax before I begin the dark wax application.  I typically do one area at a time, like a drawer front.  


To achieve the look you want, it really is trial and error.  Practice your technique.  I use a variety of chippy, round and even Wooster Short Cut brushes while waxing. 


My DIY Dark Wax secret formula:




Johnson Paste Wax





Old Masters Gel Stain in Spanish Oak 

The more stain you mix in, the darker the wax.  I typically use about a 1 cup of wax and a large spoonful of stain and stir in well. 


After the piece dries completely - overnight - buff to a shine!



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