One question I get asked all the time in my furniture painting workshops is “Can you use two different wax colors on top of each other?”
My typical answer is usually “No” because when you are using decorative chalk-type paints it’s matte, flat finish can only soak up so much furniture wax. Once the chalky paint has slurped in all of the waxiness if you applied another color of wax on top you would be seriously disappointed because the paint won’t soak it in.
I decided to defy my own furniture waxing rules on this piece of furniture. This sideboard once had a granite inlay where the gaping hole was. My husband and I moved it out of his truck’s bed and the granite piece fell out and shattered into a million pieces.
I didn’t like the granite anyway (it was sorta brownish…) and had originally planned to paint over it.
Now that the top was busted we had to come up with a different plan. My awesomely wonderful husband cut faux shiplap planks from inexpensive plywood and created a planked top for me.
Love you honey!
I painted the entire piece in Thunderous, a deep gray, by Heirloom Traditions Paint. You can locate your local Heirloom Traditions Paint retailer HERE. Instead of painting with a regular paint brush I decided to try my hand at using Heirloom Tradition’s True Applicator to minimize brush strokes. You can check out how to paint with this sponge applicator HERE.
Now this piece has two coats applied with the True Applicator it’s time for some furniture wax magic!
I used two different wax colors, Jet Black Soft Wax and White Lime Soft Wax.
I applied the Jet Black in a willy nilly fashion, not saturating the paint, just giving it a quick once over.
Then I generously applied the White Lime Soft Wax. I documented the process so you can see the blending in full action.
On an unrelated note, does anyone ever remember the scene in Edward Scissorhands where the Avon lady applies his foundation and tells him “Blending is the secret”.
The same words of wisdom ring true here. Only we are talking about furniture and not a face torn apart by a man’s scissorlike fingers.
The combination of the two different and contrasting wax colors really took this sideboard to a whole notha level.
The Jet Black wax brings out all of the detail without overpowering the paint color.
So now I have officially changed my mind.
Yes. Yes you can use two different colors of furniture wax.
I stand corrected.
The plank top looks like it’s always been there and I love it way more than the original granite top.
This was a really fun method that will help you get a weathered finish with just a few simple steps!
Also, I have concluded that Thunderous is my favorite paint color because I have 879 other projects on my blog using this paint color! Check them out here!
PS: I have listed this piece for sale in my online shop if you want to take it to it’s forever home!