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glaze or dark wax on furniture

Dark Wax or Glaze….and how I use both

Dark wax versus glazing furniture..That is the question. Here are my thoughts on both.

Glaze is very movable. Its literally like watery paint. However, it dries fast. I read  on Sweet Pickins Furniture Blog that the Sherwin Williams glaze stays wet longer and thats why she loves it. Her blog is way more in depth so I thought I’d share her ideas to. Her refinished furniture is Ahhmazing! She post projects and hundreds of people comment and ask questions. I always go through and read them because I love learning other peoples tricks:)

Anyway, I usually use Valspar because Lowes is super close to me and I don’t have time to be driving around when I have furniture to PAINT! DUH

baycreek boutique on glazing tips

baycreek boutique glazing technique

So heres what I do. I either mix in stain, any color..whatevers your pleasure..or paint. Either works just as good as the other. I’ve done both and don’t notice a difference.

dark wax or glaze

stain and clear glaze


paint and clear glaze

This is a really sweet FYI because you can make whatever color you want. Next I use a brush and paint it on. making sure to get into every crevice. Then I use baby wipes to wipe it back off. I like Huggies because they aren’t as wet as Pampers. You can probably just get cheap dollar store ones to.

The trick with Glaze is to work in small sections. Im telling you, don’t think you can paint your whole piece and then go wipe it back. You will very upset. It sticks and starts to gob up.  I’ve done it.

One more tip..I ALWAYS wax before I glaze. ALWAYS! Otherwise it can change the color of your paint. Plus, I sometimes use a DIY version of chalk paint, you can see the recipes and different products people are using at in my own style . She did a fantastic comparison.  Everything seems to absorb into my paint so i wax first.  Unless you want that to happen. Then go for it.


how to use dark wax

glaze mixed with paint

I don’t have a before of the pink. I just went to work

Glaze mixed with stain

Glaze mixed with stain

Dark wax is not  moveable. Its actually crazy hard to work with. The first time I used it I was going to write the Famous  Annie Sloan herself a letter about her tar crap she calls wax! However, I have learned a few  things since then, and I have forgiver her. Now I CAN NOT live with out her magic in a can! It’s fabulous!!

DO NOT use dark wax right out of the can. DO NOT mix it with any other clear waxes.  Mix it with mineral spirits. You can manipulate the coverage, color and movability by adding more mineral spirits if you need to.  Take my word for it. This is the way to dark wax.  I have tried them all, trust me. Im all about easy.

Before you can dark wax you have to clear wax. Dark wax drastically changes your paint color and will not come out of your paint. Obviously unless you want that to happen. So you clear wax your piece, you wipe back the clear wax then you dark wax. Now, heres what i have come to love about dark wax over clear wax. It it completely fixable. If you put to much on, have streaks, or its to dark you can use clear wax to take it off. Fippin awesome! Right! I have used this trick a million times and its a life saver.

dark wax and mineral spirits

dark wax and mineral spirits


applying dark wax




after the dark wax was removed. I can still remove or add more at this point. Looks heavy in some spots, BUT I can totally fix that! I can take off as much as I want


don't mind the missing knob. its not done yet..

don’t mind the missing knob. its not done yet..im thinking the duck egg color could use more wax and the detailing under the top could use less. ill fix that tomorrow with my 2 waxes

The Look of each one.

Glaze looks cleaner to me. where as dark wax looks almost dirty. But in a good way. Its all a personal preference. I use both products. It just depends on the piece.

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask.

Jeanette Marie