This summer has been a little nutty for me, so I haven’t had to chance to do as much painting as I would like. I’m really looking forward to school starting, so I can get back into a groove and get in my workshop a bit more often. Since I have been so swamped, one of my amazing retailers and our primary educator for MMS Milk Paint, Abbe Doll, has really stepped up to help me introduce the new colors and products in our line. Today, she’s going to show how to use the White Wax.
It is available to purchase from our retailers right now, if you want to give it a try!
Take it away, Abbe…
First of all when you open the tub it looks good enough to eat. (Don’t eat it, though!) Anything that looks like whipped frozen yogurt or cream has to be great on furniture too, right?
I wanted to share with you a way to use White Wax that couples with our favorite uses for Antiquing Wax (read about it here). Today we will bring out the details on your piece by letting the wax settle in the nooks and crannies achieving seamless white detailed work without the headache of hand painting it in.
This solid oak coffee table is cute as can be in Mustard Seed Yellow, but how about softening it up a bit and bringing out some of the details in the skirting under the top? I didn’t want to deepen the yellow at all, so white wax is the perfect solution for keeping it sunny yellow.
The trim detail on this piece is just the perfect way to illustrate how white wax can bring out the detail of a piece, as well as softening the overall hue, but first let’s see how it changes the color on top:
We are creating a white washed effect, the white wax will settle in the wood groves and grain while simultaneously creating a durable seal on your milk paint. (This works best on a piece with a deep grain in the wood, like oak, or one that has a lot of texture in the surface.)
As you can see, the color is still very much yellow, but the brightness is subdued and the color is creamier.
Now the fun part…just as you would build up age with antiquing wax, we are going to brighten up details with the white wax.
Here is the skirting before the white wax:
Here is the skirting after:
Just let the wax build up in the groves and keep it light on the flat surfaces.
After you have built up the wax in the areas you want highlighted, smooth and work in any excess wax on the flat surface, leaving all the soft white pigments.
Isn’t that amazing? I love the layers of texture it creates, yet it’s JUST two steps: paint and wax!
Here is a wide shot before and after:
Before white wax:
After white wax:
And all cured and ready to display:
It creates a soft and subtle finish.
I really love how the curve in the skirt is highlighted now. This was effortless to achieve!
And all finished:
And for a different look: Try softening darker colors with the white wax. Here is white wax turning Typewriter to a charcoal gray!
Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial, Abbe! As I shared the other day, White Wax is one of my favorite products now (although it’s hard to choose a favorite!) It creates some beautiful looks and I can’t wait to show more.