Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Using Wax to Age wood


From My Front Porch To Yours- Wood Pillar
I have been in love with this giant wood pillar base for years now. Several of my friends have one and every time I saw theirs I coveted it. This one belongs to my pal Brenda. After deciding I could not hold out any longer I went on the hunt to find one of my own to no avail. It then dawned on me to ask my friend Robyn who I order my Annie Sloan paint from. She has a home decor shop in Tampa Florida- Robyn Story Designs. I lucked up. She carried them in her shop and was more than happy to ship one out to me.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Aging Wood with wax
I am head over heels for this display piece. It is HUGE! It looks to be hand carved and the top is seared so it has the divine smell of burnt wood. I know some do not like that smell but it reminds me of fall and all the wonderful smells that go along with it. You can not tell from the pic because of the poor lighting but the bottom of the pillar was a lot lighter and orange colored. I wish I would have waited to complete this project during the day for better lighting but once I get something in my head that I want to do I just do it.
From My Front Porch To Yours- -aging wood with wax
Here is a close up of the before. My mission was to tone down the orange and darken up the lighter areas so that it would blend better with the top of the pillar and look even more aged.
From My Front Porch To Yours- Miss Mustardseed's Wax
I decided the easiest and quickest way to achieve the look I was going for was to use wax. I recently received some Miss Mustardseed's Wax to try out with my Annie Sloan order so I figured it would be perfect for this project. I have never used Miss Mustardseed's Wax before and I was surprised that it has no smell. Yes, you heard me right a wax that does NOT smell! It is also buttery smooth which I love because it makes it super easy to apply. I applied the basic/clear wax to the base of the pillar first and then added the Antiquing wax. 
From My Front Porch To Yours- aging wood with wax
After the Antiquing Wax was added I had the bright idea adding some white wax and well it was way too white. This was not the project for it but thankfully I was able to quickly take it back off with some clear wax. I will save the white wax for another project.
From My Front Porch To Yours- aging wood with wax
Here is the finish I ended up with. 
From My Front Porch To Yours- aging wood with wax
Now the base of the pillar matches the top perfectly! This project literally took me all of 10 minutes. I use a lot of different methods for aging wood, wax by far is the easiest.

12 comments:

  1. I love it! I have been coveting those for a while too. Yours turned out great with the wax!

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  2. It turned out great!! I have just started using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I absolutely love it. She has a clear wax and a dark wax. The dark wax seems to give the pieces a more distressed look. I purchased her brush to apply the wax which I can't wait to try.

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  3. Saw one like this the other day that I almost got, but one of the ends was chipped off...:( Love it Pam, and the wax did the job!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  4. Yes, I've been looking for one of those too! You can never have enough pretty things around to raise a lamp or vase. That wooden base is gorgeous and the way you waxed it was a great idea.

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  5. Love this Pamela. It came out gorgeous.
    Kris

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  6. I was gifted one of those and don't like the burnt smell, but I think it is about gone now and don't notice it anymore.

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  7. Pamela I just bought one at the Country Living Fair when it was here in NY...I love them and wish I had gotten two...oh well there's always next year lol!! Love the finish you did on yours!

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  8. I coveted your piece, with or without the makeover. Love, love, love it.

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  9. Great looking base, Pamela. That will look great with so many different displays. But OMG! I love that bunny! Now where did you find him?!?

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  10. Pamela, I bought one last year and white washed it. Enjoy your new purchase.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  11. I know this is an older post, but I absolutely LOVE the pillar base! You did an amazing job on it, it is beautiful! I am looking for one for a friend's daughter's wedding, any ideas on where I could find one now? Thanks so much!

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