Your Choice of Shabby Chic Wax. Dark or Neutral?

Shabby Chic

Feb 19

Dark wax or neutral wax for your shabby chic wax finish?

It's when we offer the choice of dark wax or neutral wax that we get a perplexed look. And that's quite natural.

Shabby chic neutral wax

​Neutral Wax Shabby Chic Wardrobe

We get questions along the lines of:

How dark is the wax?
Will the wax mask the colour of the paint?
Will the wax protect the paintwork?

These are important questions that need some answers. After all, everyone wants to protect their new paintwork…even shabby chic deserves a little helping hand!

And a wax finish will give your painted furniture some protection in the home.

Shabby Chic Wax Choices

There are two reasons we like to finish all of our painted furniture with a layer of wax.

  • It gives protection to the underlying paint and,
  • It provides an attractive sheen.

Typically it's Briwax that we rub in with a rag or a brush. But, more and more we use Annie Sloan wax.

The characteristics of the dark shabby chic wax are:

  • Provides an instant aged "patina" to a new painted surface
  • Gives white shades a creamy appearance
  • Offers all the appeal of vintage antique painted furniture
  • MedApps
    Works very well with grays, greens and blue colours in the Farrow and Ball range
  • MedApps
    Protects the paintwork, and
  • MedApps
    Helps to mask the size of larger furniture

And in the case of the clear or neutral wax the characteristics are:

  • Emphasises the sharpness of the paint colour
  • Reinforces your colour choice
  • Protects the paintwork
  • MedApps
    Gives emphasis to the furniture's size

Our pictures on this page show the same wardrobe. The first shows off a clear shabby chic wax. And the second shows the dark shabby chic wax and also some shabby chic sanding.

Dark Wax shabby chic

Dark Shabby Chic Wax For This Wardrobe

So, if it's an antique look that you are after then the dark wax will give you that look.

Dark wax will positively cling to all the underlying texture of the wood, reinforcing the pattern of the grain. It will sit in the cracks and crevices, around the mouldings and pelmets.

The dark wax won't stick to rounded convex surfaces, so drawer knobs will appear lighter than their surroundings.

Alternatively if you want your choice of striking Farrow and Ball colours to stand out, then a clear wax is likely to be your choice.

Choices. Choices.

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