Pretty Distressed™ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Dark Wax Tutorial – Heavy Distressing (Part 3)
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Pretty Distressed™ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Dark Wax Tutorial – Heavy Distressing (Part 3)


okay I’ve completed my clear wax on
clear wax to this whole piece and I’ve lightly rubbed it down to make sure I
don’t have too much wax on it and now we’re going to move into dark wax
typically these dark wax I just do dark wax where I’ve distressed but for this
shabby look I’m basically going to use it all over the whole piece I’ll
probably go a little bit darker around my distressing pieces to make it look I
mean my distress area is swing it look a little bit more natural but I really
want this creamy and dirty and shadow so I’m going to use dark wax all over the
whole piece so for this portion I’ll need my a nice low and soft wax and dark
in my insolence off wax and clear and I’ll take a little bit of my clear first
just put it on my plate and that was like my dark wax and I usually do like a
three to one or four to one ratio with my dark wax so you definitely want a
bigger hunk of dark wax so there’s my dark wax there’s my clear wax and I’m
just going to mix them together so I have my clear wax all mixed and ready to
go I have my dark wax brush which is just a smaller wax brush I have some
extra fine steel wool that I’m going to use right after I put the dark wax on
this is what it comes in it’s extra fine so it’s grade triple zero if you’re
looking for it and then I have my t-shirt sheet or two shirt lint-free
cloth on standby to wipe down after I’m done so just like with the clear I’m
going to get some dark wax on here make sure I rub it in really good get the
excess off this parts really scary don’t be scared I’m going to start on my
drawer I’m going to pull this out I’m just going to go along the edges first really rivetting guys I’m going to
take my steel wool and go right over it I’m just one that I’m good so as you can
see the steel wool takes a lot of that dark wax off so don’t be scared as
you’re doing it there okay so I did it really dark on the edges like that and
I’m going to take my brush again and just again kind of wipe off the excess I
didn’t put any more wax on here so there’s not a lot of wax on it and I’m
just going to very lightly go over the whole drawer at this point just support
it a little better take my stool again and if there’s any point where you feel
like you’ve gone too far on distressing and you don’t like the way that it’s
looking take a little bit of clear wax on a cloth and just rub it and it’ll I
don’t let some of that dark but again like I said just push through because if
you want a piece that looks like the one that I had featured on my blog this is
exactly you have to do it we’re when I’m happy with what that looks like
then I’m going to take my cloth and just wipe it down so that I don’t have any
blobs so see the excesses come off I don’t want big hunks of wax because it
will take forever to cure and it will just make them
so again I’m just using really light pressure okay now I’m going to show you
how to do the side of the piece because like I typically said I don’t normally
distress or dark wax the side but for this look I am so again do your wife
dark wax start with the edges do down here do this stuff really dark appear
really dark side dark okay let me take my steel wool on them in ice and
blending that in and then I’m gonna take my wax brush again I didn’t I’m not
adding any more wax I’m going to kind of go lightly lightly lightly go over these
fence we’re gonna go in all different directions and I’m kind of rubbing
really lightly I don’t want this too heavy-handed great I’m going to take my
steel wool over that it’s been 24 hours since I completed my
dark wax so I came back and I buffed my entire piece with my lint-free cloth and
I went ahead and reinstalled my hardware that I spray-painted so you’re looking
at a completed piece next to the piece that inspired it I hope you guys enjoyed
this tutorial and I hope you have fun trying out this technique on your own
make sure you check out the description below for links to the products I use
during this tutorial and don’t forget to visit pretty distress comm for more
chalk painting tips and to see some of my work Happy Day me

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60 thoughts on “Pretty Distressed™ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Dark Wax Tutorial – Heavy Distressing (Part 3)

  1. Hi Christina. I gotta tell you…I so look forward to your videos. I've watched many others on chalk painting but you are my favorite. I like how you are succinct, explain why you do what you do, and are very organized. The printed tips at the bottom as you go along and clear camera shots are a plus. Very well done, so thank you. A pleasure to watch and learn from. Thank you!

  2. love all your videos i think am ready to paint , your videos are very useful and straight to the point . keep them coming

  3. Hi. Please could you tell me what type of steel wool you use? Does it have to be extra fine, fine etc? Many thanks in advance!!

  4. your video has a pop up that says to dark wax over wet clear wax, yet your piece has been completely done with clear wax…so did you immediately, after the clear wax go to your dark wax? I'm asking because I have a piece where I'm done with the clear wax but have to go to an appointment. Therefore, when I get back or tomorrow, will I have to clear wax again before applying dark wax?

  5. looks great! looking to do this very same thing, would like to know what color of white is best to use…

  6. Aloha Christina — love your channel 🙂 Beautiful tutorial – what is the color of the 3 rectangular pieces that is behind the dresser? By chance did you do it with ASCP?

  7. Xclnt tutorial, thank you. Am new to this hobby and have a basic question. Where chalk paint brings a flat finish as part of its appeal, the waxing then masks this chalky finish with a low luster. Is waxing a necessary part of the project in order to protect the piece?

  8. Love your tutorials, Christina. YOU inspired me to attempt my first restoration on a pair of ugly bedside tables that were headed for the trash heap. I followed your instructions and the results were lovely! I thank you for giving me a new-found love for turning trash into treasures. <3

  9. Hey can some tell me what top coat is best to go over wax and white chalk paint for protection from food and wine stains. Your inputs are greatly appreciated

  10. So I'm redoing a dresser and I didn't use chalk paint can I still use the wax? Will it work? Or do I need to use chalk paint?

  11. hi..how many coats of old white did u apply. can u use a roller or do u recommend a brush? is it possible to put clear wax then later come back and apply dark wax in the future or would u have to apply clear wax again before the dark wax? thanks so much!

  12. did you use the ANNIE SALON WAX AND IF SO WAS IT BLACK OR BROWN IT JUST SAYS DARK. Planning on painting my kitchen cabinets and also wanted to know how the wax does on regular paint trying to decide it i want to do regular paint and dark wax or chalk paint and dark wax. Have 2 boys so need something durable

  13. I have a farm table and 6 chairs I want to do. How much paint and wax do you think that will take? Should I do two coats of paint ?

  14. Hey, just seen your video your awesome you make it look so easy peezy!! I am doing my cedar chest and I can't wait to finish. All the other videos I've watched don't use the steel wool,and I rather use that than a rag to wipe off excess wax. You explain it very well!!

  15. Christina, I can't wait to start this process. This is the best tutorial I have found. Thank you so much.

  16. hi, awesome videos! very informative! and beautiful pieces! how long do you wait in between clear wax coat and then the dark?

  17. Im so glad that I found this tutorial! Have watched so many other diy by other ppl but this was more organize and informative. looking forward to future videos of urs oh and thnks for putting this up for ppl like us

  18. I am happy I found your tutorial. I have an old dresser neighbor threw out. (Lucky me) I am so looking forward to getting my paint & getting started. I can't thank you enough for your clear explanations & great ideas for home decor. I just love the distressed look. Thank you so much for your work.

  19. I am following this method but my piece looks a bit splotchy in the middle. What am I doing wrong? Also…my steel wool is shedding and tiny little fibers are getting into my brushes and the wax. Eek!! I bought exactly what you said you use. What the heck.

  20. Hi Christina… I know everyone says it doesn't matter if there is a finish on the piece, but I just tried to refinish a piece and did two colors and dark wax and I do not like the results… should have watched your videos first… can I just paint over my piece even though I used wax?? Thank you

  21. I want to do my dresser in old white but I would like to have a darker top. Should I just destress the top heavier to get some of the natural wood to show through or use the dark wax? I just do not want the piece ALL white and the only other option is the color graphite which is black. I'm not feeling too comfortable doing a black top but I do want the top of my piece much darker then the body. Please give me your opinion. Thank you.

  22. love this ……I am in the process of doing this to a dresser similar to the large piece you have. Have already done the white chalk paint, and ordered the dark wax……I didn't order clear wax….is the clear wax stage necessary?

  23. I favor Scandinavian and clean lines. From a design perspective— how do you (anyone) feel the chalk paint and distress methods would look with this style of furniture?

  24. Thank you! Your videos are so easy to watch and listen to.You give great advice and you know when to speed things up. I'm really impressed! I subscribed and I'm going to give distressing a try! One question, did you leave the bottom drawer in the cabinet for a reason? I would have thought to take it our so you could get to the areas the drawer covers. Just curious.

  25. Thank God for you!!!! I have watched many diy personalities.
    Some are really good, but by far you are the best of the best!!!!
    Your extremely personable, fun to watch, and very on point.
    You have no idea how much I appreciate you not waisting peoples valuable time. A lot of rambling out there. Thank you so much!!!! I subscribed!

  26. Hi Christina! Покажи, пожалуйста, как сделать ящик, который на комоде за спиной у тебя, мне он ну очень понравился

  27. I loved your video so much…I just chalk painted my grandmother's cedar chest…and it looks fabulous! I've watched your video over and over. Thank you!

  28. Thank you so much! I love the idea of using steel wool. I did this before and I thought I was going to keel over from rubbing with a soft cloth! This is much better. I have three large antique mis-matched pieces in my bedroom I want to do this exact technique to, and add glass knobs to pull it all together.

  29. Chalk paint furniture is so overrated. Soon it will be out of fad/style (if it isn't already) since everyone and their mother is into it. Not everyone wants the farm look either. Just my honest two-cents.

  30. I love love love it! I want to do a buffet and coffee table with this shabby look, but I want it to be white and gray. What would you recommend I use? Does the dark wax always turn out brown, or do they have a gray color?

  31. Hello Cristina I am Georgia from Greece!!! I am watching your videos some time now and I love everything you're showing us!!! I want to ask you something.I want to paint with chalk paint a brown table of wood in white, but I want to see some brown colour underneath .How I will do it.Please tell me.💟💟💟

  32. These tutorials have really helped me. I am in the middle of my 2nd project (a China cabinet) probably too big of a project for a beginner, but I did so well on my first one( I think so anyway 😊) that I thought I could handle it. Wish me luck on completing it! Love your work!

  33. Can I use the dark wax as a glaze over chalk paint that has general finishes top coat in flat on it instead of clear wax?

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