Yesterday’s post was about glaze vs. wax. After a few amazing fellow painters gave me advise, I realized that it should actually be glaze working with wax. The glaze I am using is General Finishes Van Dyke Brown and yesterday I applied it directly onto my chalk paint. Huge mistake! It was all streaky and impossible to manipulate. I have since learned that it needs to be applied over an acrylic paint or a glossy surface. This is where wax comes in handy if applying glaze over chalk paint.
I spent the day today re-painting my piece in Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, Florence. I then sanded it back with 220 grit sandpaper, distressed it and applied a coat of Maison Blanche dark brown wax. I let it sit for about a half hour for the wax to really take. This gave the chalk paint the harder, glossy finish that the glaze needed. I then took the glaze and worked it in.
Here is what I learned about applying the glaze. First, not too much on the brush and actually brush it against the grain of your paint strokes. Take a cloth and rub it in. Work in small sections as it dries really fast. I ended up rubbing it in circular motions as well as the straight up and down so it didn’t look streaky. A much better result! I am attaching a ton of pics for you to see.
I am very happy with the result. Wax and Glaze as a team 🙂
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