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3 Easy Steps: How to Create your own Coloured Waxes

I don't know about you but when I first started painting furniture I bought way more stuff that I needed.  I thought if I had x, y or z then somehow my furniture would magically look fantastic.  A bit like that anti-ageing face cream I purchased LOL)! 

Nowadays, if I want any type of coloured wax I simply mix it myself in small batches.  Try blending a few colours to make a custom colour or perhaps use a metallic paint.  And the best bit?  You'll save lots of money too.

1. Get some wax!
If you don’t have any clear wax, buy some.  The only wax I buy these days are the super-large tins and my preference is either for Annie Sloan or Fiddes Supreme Wax but choose whatever you like and within your budget, there are LOADS to choose from.

2. Stir in your choice of paint colour(s)
I recently mixed up some Annie Sloan Giverny wax for the sideboard in this blog cover.  After clear waxing, I decided I wanted a little more oomph in areas and this was an easy way to do it.

On a paper plate I mixed up approximately 2 parts wax to 1 part paint (Giverny in this case) as I wanted the wax pretty pigmented.  Just make enough for your project as the paint will dry the wax out over time.  Experiment with ratios depending upon the look you want. 

I’d recommend that you test it out on a small hidden area of your furniture first or try it on a sample board to ensure you are happy with it before committing to doing the entire piece.

3. Apply Wax

I would suggest using clear wax first as it enables you to manipulate your coloured wax if you apply too much and/or don’t like the look.  If I'm waxing a whole piece then I will use a wax brush but if I'm shading/blending I use really inexpensive chip brushes but you can also use a lint-free cloth or a cut up sponge.  

Julia xox

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