Hello! So what I want to do is show you
how to use Dark Wax. It’s probably the thing I get most questions about, but it
really is very, very simple, so I’m going to show you how. I’ve chosen this orange
piece of pine, I think it’s really quite pretty. I’m going to do it on white and
then over the white I’m going to apply a little bit of Dark Wax, so not lots. I’ve used this brush because it gives you a little bit of texture, not too much. I don’t want it very textured but I do like the idea of having just something
so that the Dark Wax can sort of get in and give you a little bit of
character. I’m taking big brush marks, I don’t want it to look fussy. The big
brush strokes give you a good freedom about it as well, it’ll just make your
work look so much nicer. And it’s also quicker. So now I’m going to do the second coat. I
just want to make certain that I’ve got a little bit of texture, but not too much. This is all dry now and I’ve just
started to apply wax all over in Clear Wax that seals the whole thing. The
thing is if you put Dark Wax immediately on to paint which has got no wax on it
at all, you’ve stained it and that’s it, you can’t change it. So this is a way of
sealing it so that your next coats you can play with it and get it darker or
lighter and as you want. I’ll just take it with a cloth and wipe the excess so
there’s no lumps or bumps and nasty bits. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to
apply another coat of wax because what I want to do is to be able to work the
Dark Wax into the Clear Wax. I don’t want to do it straight on to a dry wax.
That gives me time to play. Now I’m going to use brown wax, that’s a Dark Wax, it’s a
brownish colour wax. I’m not using my Black Wax. Black Wax is a very different
look it’s a much more modern look, so this is brown and it has a more sort of
antiqued look. So don’t need too much, put a bit on there. Don’t worry even if you
get lots and lots of it on there because you’ve got Clear Wax underneath it’s not
a problem. Don’t miss any bits so go every which way
so you don’t have any white bits showing at all. You don’t want to give the game away.
So now I’m going to take a bit of cloth, wipe around, wipe all this off. Now I could
leave it like that but I’m not going to because I want something really delicate.
See what’s lovely is that it’s gone in, that’s where I sort of stippled it
slightly, that’s more brush marks so those initial brush marks that you make are
really really really important. So now it’s quite dark, you can see compared to
the white paint and that, it’s really quite dark. So I’m going to go back with some
Clear Wax and then I’m going to sort of clean it off. Really get it really quite
light. I want it to be delicate. So I love this now, I love the way you can see
what’s happening it’s like sort of making history really. And what a
difference from that yellow pine! So that’s it!
My beautiful antiqued bed.