I’m always working on a project. And the latest one has been huge! When I say huge I mean 5 piece bedroom set huge. It took me two months to complete all of the pieces and now that I’m done I have a few things to share with you. First up, how to use decorative wax to bring out details in painted furniture.
Why Use Decorative Wax?
Before using Daddy Van’s decorative waxes I had only used wax as a protective layer. And even though wax can repel water and protect from minimal wear, it’s best used for bringing out detail work and age in painted furniture!
The first thing I tell people who want to paint something is that paint does not cover up blemishes or scratches. In fact, paint will only enhance them and make them stand out. I actually really love how the blemishes are highlighted. On these pieces, you can use decorative wax to bring out small details.
This bedroom set has been well loved. There are scratches and natural holes in the wood. There is also this pretty vine detail work on each piece.
Each piece was getting a fresh coat of Snow White Old Fashioned Milk Paint and I knew that we would still see the vine but I didn’t want it to get lost in the distressed look I was giving each piece. The photo below isn’t the best since there’s also a shadow covering the area but do you see what I mean? It’s there and the distressing looks great but the piece as a whole seems like it just falls flat. That’s where decorative wax comes to the rescue giving the piece dimension and life.
How to use Decorative Wax?
Decorative wax isn’t like the wax I have previously mentioned. Before I would cover the entire piece with the wax, remove the excess, then buff. The process for decorative wax is similar but you don’t have to apply it to the entire piece.
Instead, I use a stiff round brush and barely dip the brush in the wax. I then use the brush to apply the wax where I want to show age, emphasis, or dents and scratches. The stiff brush allows me to really work the wax into the details. I still rub off the excess.
The great thing about using waxes from Daddy Van’s is the wax doesn’t get hard on your furniture. Not drying bits and pieces that discolor over time. After I wipe off the excess, I use the natural beeswax (my favorite is the lavender and orange) to help “dissolve” (best way I know how to describe it) the decorative wax. It evenly spreads the decorative wax out. Making it look perfectly aged!
I love that each piece turns out a little different and that each piece looks naturally aged! The distressing turned out perfect and the amazing details now pop! Like I said before, paint doesn’t cover up imperfections, it actually brings them out. I love to embrace that and really make them stand out by using decorative waxes.
After using decorative waxes you still want to use a protective coat. There are many options when it comes to protective finishes. You can read about my favorites: How to Protect Your Painted Furniture for Years to Come.