So I finally got the video I promised you uploaded. It honestly took forever to upload to YouTube. I’ve been shooting all my new videos in HD so they will be easier for you guys to see, but GEEZ! They take forever to render and upload.
Anyways, so this is a fairly quick tutorial on my new favorite way to glaze furniture/ antique furniture using Blue Minerals Antiquing Powder, Fiddes Wax and Mineral Spirits.
Before I started using Antiquing Powder, I was using 1 of 2 products/ techniques to glaze painted furniture;
- Faux Glaze – This is a pretty straight forward technique, although I know a lot of people struggle with it. I would basically tint the glaze to the color I wanted, slap it on with a paint brush and wipe it off with a baby wipe, which would al the product to just stay in the cracks. If I wanted a little bit of a pop, but didn’t want to go through too much work – this is what I would do. The only reason I didn’t like it was because the finish didn’t look very authentic, and it didn’t al me to have flexibility in the depth of the finish. It pretty much just takes off everything except what’s left in the cracks – meaning it’s a pretty limited technique.
- Dark Wax – This is what everyone seems to be afraid of – even me sometimes. Whenever I venture into a dark wax project, I know I could end up having issues. It’s so easy to mess up! Sometimes, for no reason at all the wax will tint the paint really dark in one area – making the finished effect look blotchy – and yes, I do apply clear wax before the dark wax. Most of the time, I would be happy with the finished look of my dark wax, but I find the whole process to be a little frustrating to be completely honest. It doesn’t give me enough control over the end look. If I want it to be lighter – well I”m kinda stuck with what it looks like after I remove the excess with another round of clear wax. Not to mention – putting on a coat of clear wax, then a coat of dark wax, then using another heavy coat of clear wax to remove the dark wax is a lot of wax! And let’s be honest – quality wax is expensive!
Basically, I would pick between the more difficult, more authentic look of wax or the easier less authentic look of glaze…. This is why I like Antiquing Powder. It is the best of both worlds!
You can read more on why I like Blue Minerals Antiquing Powder here. Also, don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a large container of Antiquing Powder! Plus, Blue Minerals is having a sale this weekend for 25% off Antiquing Powder and 10% off everything else! I think these promotions expire on 03/17/14.
Here is a list of materials I used in the Tutorial:
- Painted Hutch (Painted with Sherwin Williams Shoji White in Cashmere mixed with Blue Minerals Chalk & Mineral Paint Powder).
- Fiddes Wax in “Clear”
- Mineral Spirits
- Blue Minerals Antiquing Powder in “Wrought Iron”
- Disposable Microfiber Cloths
- Paper Towels
- Plastic Sppon
Take a peek at this before and after shot of glazing. I wish the glaze stood out a little bit better in these photos. It really is much dark in person.
How to Glaze Furniture/ Antique Furniture using Blue Minerals Antiquing Powder
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and it helps you get a better idea of how the powder works and what it looks like when you apply it.