Your Choice Of Shabby Chic Wax. Dark Or Neutral?

By Andrew | Shabby Chic

Feb 19

Dark wax or neutral wax for your shabby chic wax finish? Because it's when we offer the choice of dark wax or neutral wax that we get a perplexed look. And, of course, that's quite natural.

Shabby chic neutral wax

Neutral Wax Shabby Chic Wardrobe

Because 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 really 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 so, a wax finish will give your painted furniture some added 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 was Briwax that we rubbed 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 then, 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

To Wax Or Not To Wax

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. Thus, it will sit in the cracks and crevices, around the mouldings and pelmets.

Note, also that 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. Of course, you can see this with these bedside tables's shabby chic treatment.

Choices. Choices. So, when the time is right, please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss.

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About the Author

I'm the main shabby chic furniture painter at Surrey Heath-based business Shabby Chic Surrey. I can paint a whole range of furniture with a variety of paints and finishes.