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Glaze And Wax Finish On Distressed Furniture

02 September 2010

Elizabeth at Just Following Jesus In My Real Life tells us how she used a glaze and wax finish on her old distressed furniture that needed a final touch.

When we refloored and repainted our downstairs and switched over to a more beach cottage look I sanded this old blue dresser to distress it.  I liked it, but something wasn’t quite right.  I knew it didn’t look like other distressed furniture I had seen on decor blogs or while out shopping, but with my lack of furniture finishing experience I didn’t know what was missing.
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Then I read on several blogs about adding a glaze over painted furniture and then finishing it with a paste wax finish.  I know nothing about glazing, but I read on someone’s blog, (and if it’s yours please comment me so I can give you credit), that you can make a simple glaze with Burnt Umber acrylic craft paint thinned down with water.   So, I hauled “old blue” out onto the deck, brushed on the watered down paint, wiped it off with paper towels, and repeated until I achieved the right look.  When it was dry, I wiped on paste wax, and when that was dry, buffed it with a soft cotton sock.  Now, I think “old blue” is perfectly imperfect!

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My husband, who is normally pretty uninterested in decor and therefore frequently doesn’t notice changes, noticed the change in “Old Blue” right away.  He said, “I really like it now!”…and so do I!

Elizabeth is right, the glaze and wax finish made it 

perfectly imperfect!  


southerninspirationsblog September 2, 2010 at 5:07 PM  

What a great transformation! I love the old, weathered look it has now. The glaze and wax really did the trick! Beautiful!

Sassy Sites! September 2, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

I'm hosting a blog party tomorrow over at Sassy Sites. It's Feature YOU Friday! Come by tonight and link up! I would love to have your cute blog on there... xoxo

Marni @ Sassy Sites!

Jessica September 2, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Really looks great. Tell us exactly what was the wax paste you used. I'll have to try it out!

elizabeth September 3, 2010 at 12:09 AM  

Thanks so much for featuring my blog post on "Old Blue"! I used Min Wax paste wax in a natural color.

Linzeelu September 3, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

That looks great!! Thanks for the tip of glazing & paste :) Looks like the effort was totally worth it!!! :)

Lindsay @ homelifestyledesign.blogspot.com

jacky jan June 21, 2011 at 12:05 AM  

Good pics thanks you are sharing a great article information thanks again.

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