Dark Chalk Paint™ Wax from Annie Sloan is an easy way to give your furniture an ‘aged’ antique look. Maybe your cabinet did not really come from a French château, but you can easily make it look like it did!
As well as adding an aged and textured look on painted surfaces, Dark Chalk Paint™ Wax seals and protects your furniture, with a water repellent finish. Dark Chalk Paint™ Wax works well with Clear Chalk Paint™ Wax to create the desired level of the aged effect. To achieve Annie Sloan's signature look, first apply a thin coat of Clear Wax, removing any excess with a lint free cloth. Next, apply the Dark Wax, pushing it into the paintwork to bring out brush marks and recesses. Wipe off any excess with Clear Wax, making sure every part of your piece has been waxed at least once. For after care simply wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Wax can be applied with a lint free cloth and Annie Sloan has also developed specialist brushes for the job, with pure bristles shaped to a point so that you can work the wax into the paint in detailed areas with ease and move around in tight spaces.
Annie Sloan says: “How do you use Dark Wax? It's one of the questions I get asked most often. Some people are a little nervous about trying it because it looks so, well, dark! In actual fact, it's really simple to use and is still the best way to age a piece of furniture and bring out texture in your paintwork. My secret? Use Clear and Dark Chalk Paint Wax together to achieve the exact level of 'darkness' you want to age your furniture. The beauty of Dark Chalk Paint Wax is in the detail. Applied over a coat of Clear Wax, it absorbs into the little cracks and crevices in your paintwork. I always like to use it over paint that I've applied very thickly so you get lots of delicious brush marks and even some cracking. The Dark Wax is what gives a realistic 'antique' look.
You can apply Dark Wax directly onto unpainted wood as well. Here (see image at top of page) I've done this to darken the look of what was quite pale unfinished pallet wood. Normally I would paint and then wax, but here I reversed the process. The unfinished wood was just a little too raw and rough so, by applying Dark Wax followed by a wash of paint and then a final coat of Clear Wax, I was able to achieve a rich and textural, yet smooth and characterful finish.”
Offered in two sizes – a mini 120ml pot for small projects (£4.95) and 500ml (£8.95); available exclusively from Annie Sloan stockists, who are located throughout the UK, and on-line www.anniesloan.com