I am always in a blue & white mood. I have to work to step away from that color palette, but sometimes it just needs to be done! I’ve been feeling a red piece coming on for a while now and this antique Eastlake-style oak dresser seemed like a good candidate. And red wear antiquing wax so well, so I thought I would do an updated tutorial on how to apply antiquing wax.
While we’re talking about reds… If you’ve ever mixed Tricycle, you know it seems like it’s never going to come together! Those red pigments resist the water and just float on top, but they will eventually soak up the water and you’ll get a nice mix.
I painted it in two coats in order to get full coverage and then distressed it with 100 grit paper and a fine-grit sanding sponge. I like to alternate between the two, so I get a nice mix of wear on the piece.
If you’re new to distressing, you can check out my post on tips & techniques for distressing furniture HERE.
I then vacuumed and wiped down the surface to remove all of the dust created by the distressing.
I do like leaving some milk-painted pieces unfinished, but I think the darker colors really need a finish to bring out their richness.
And I love the way Antiquing Wax looks over those dark, rich colors. It adds so much depth to the finish.
I apply the Antiquing Wax with a large wax brush, which is a good investment if you plan to do a lot of finishing. If you’re just finishing a piece or two, you can use an old, bushy paintbrush or a cloth.
Here’s a video showing how to apply antiquing wax…
Anyway, as I showed in the video, brush on the Antiquing Wax, spreading it out in a circular motion. Make sure to work it into all of the nooks and crannies and carved details of the piece. That’s where the Antiquing Wax can really come to life. Wipe away the excess and buff the finish with a cloth. I’ve grown to like using microfiber cloths for buffing wax, because they don’t leave any lint.
Once the finish is buffed, it shouldn’t feel sticky or tacky. If it does, you have applied too much and need to continue wiping off the excess wax.
You can use the piece right away, but the paint and wax will not be fully cured for 30 days. That means you need to be gentle with it, don’t allow water to sit on the finish, etc.
Here’s a preview of the piece…
I’ll share the full reveal soon, but I hope you like the tutorial on how to apply antiquing wax!