One of the reasons I love carrying Heirloom Traditions Paint in my stores and online shop is because they have an amazing selection of furniture wax in 13 different colors.
Plus their waxes are not smelly.
And their creative director, Paula Blankenship, is a wonderful Christian mentor.
Working with this company is like drinking out of a bucket of warm fuzzys on the daily.
Yes, it’s that good.
I like to think I have perfected my tinted wax strategy over the last few years. Here are my tips for using tinted furniture wax on your DIY projects and how to salvage your mental sanity when selecting colors.
Tip #1: Use Tone on Tone Hues Together
Chalk-type paints have amazing adhesive properties (hello! no sanding or priming!) but because of their ingredients they dry a shade or two lighter than their true color. Once the wax is applied to the paint it will bring the color back to life.
If you want to have a rich, deep, paint color choose a wax color that will enhance the paint color.
The below example is Charlotte’s Red with Eggplant furniture wax. This combo is reminiscent of Pantone’s 2015 color of the year, Marsala. My first reaction to Marsala = bleeding kidney. But now I am fully on board with all things Marsala. What about you?
If you want to richen an existing paint color use a furniture wax in the same tone.
To make Black Bean uber black I seal it with Jet Black Furniture Wax (like on this piece).
And to make your whites ultra vibrant choose to seal it with White Lime Furniture Wax.
Here are some other wax + paint tone-on-tone combos to try out:
Tip #2 Highlight an Unexpected Accent Color with Furniture Wax
When you are adding painted furniture pieces to your decor it’s tempting to select ultra neutral colors. Instead of painting a dresser bright pink in your daughter’s room, use furniture wax to add a pop of color without fully committing to it.
I tied grays into this buffet by painting it Nickel and then showing off all of the detail with Barnwood Soft Wax. You can see the full makeover here.
Tip #3: Let the wax do all the work.
Want a white washed look? Use White Lime Liquid Wax.
Want to have a two toned effect? Oxidized Patina to the rescue.
Instead of layering colors of paint just let the tinted wax do the werk for you.
This dresser makeover was painted in two colors – Naval + Feathered Nest and highlighted with Oxidized Patina Liquid Wax. Check it out here.
Tip #4: Use contrasting colors together
If a major punch of color is what you are after, use opposite colors together to make a statement.
Below is Old Gold Soft Wax + Danube.
This furniture makeover is one of my most popular YouTube videos – using Black Bean & White Lime Furniture Wax. Two colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel make a major statement.
There are no real rules to choosing colors. Just select colors that you lurve and you can’t go wrong.
How do you choose your paint colors? I would love to hear if you are a close your eyes and pick a shade or a paint swatch ponderer?