A step-by-step tutorial about how to create a weathered wood look using only paint and wax.
In usual fashion on this blog, paint is the hero of today’s plot… just in case you thought for once it might be Superman for a change.
While I’m at it, I should probably introduce you to the damsel in distress.
Actually, this time around, our damsel was hardly in distress at all. (To be honest, distress is welcome around here. At least the furniture kind.)
She was a little too shiny, too polished. And some of you out there are probably shouting through your screen, “Please do NOT tell me you painted that!”
Yep. I sure did. But if it makes you feel better, it had a couple of dents and dings. I stumbled across this black beauty at a consignment shop in Charlotte for $160 last week! And I probably could have haggled for a little less, but I went all spaghetti-noodle-legs the minute I saw this table.
Do you see those oh-so-gorgeous legs? Ah!
I knew I wanted a weathered wood look on this table’s pretty shape, but I was not at all looking forward to stripping paint and wasn’t even sure of the condition of the wood underneath. So paint came to the rescue!
Supplies needed for a weathered wood finish: (Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco (I buy mine at a local shop. You can find the list of retailers here.)
- Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax (Or other dark wax if you have a preference)
- Purdy 1.5″ Angled Paint Brush (My favorite to use on furniture)
- Wax Brush (This one makes waxing way easier than other methods I’ve tried.)
- Fine grit sandpaper
Just give your piece one or two coats of the Coco paint.
This was after the first coat, and though it’s hard to see in this shot, it still had a little bit of black showing through. I like to give each coat a quick sanding after it’s dry to get it extra smooth.
Once it was dry after the second coat, I rubbed the entire piece all over with the dark wax.
When you put dark wax directly on top of chalk paint, it appears much darker than if you applied a clear wax first. I brushed on the dark wax very liberally and worked it into the grooves with the wax brush until it was smooth and even. It’s almost like painting it on.
Just make sure you work in small sections at a time as wax can dry fairly quickly.
That was it! So quick and easy. And thankfully, I didn’t have to spend hours in my garage scraping stripping goop.
My camera is on the fritz this week, so my photos in this post don’t at all do this pretty little table justice. It looks so much more like weathered wood in person and has a Restoration Hardware look.
I love that the wax gives it a bit of an aged look.
Now that we have this adding some interest to the back of our couch I’m inspired to maybe move some things around in the living room… like that TV.
This space definitely feels much more cozy and more complete now, and I love that it’s created some separation from the kitchen while still being open.
PS: I pinky promise I haven’t forgotten about the office, kitchen, and master bedroom. Things are happening, very slowly but very surely.
Got any furniture makeovers of your own happening now that yard sale / flea market season is here?! I would love love love to see them!