Earlier, when I explained how I moved the Red Chairs Out! New Antique Chairs In, I mentioned that Spunky Daughter and some friends visited.
While HH and SD’s friends enjoyed farm life adventures, SD painted a desk she’d brought from her apartment.
This is the same chalk paint substitute we used for the Thumb Tack Coffee Table that’s now at her apartment.
It’s Valspar™ Super Flat Paint and Primer, color-matched to Annie Sloan™ French Linen. SD doesn’t plan to distress it, so we added clear wax as soon as the second coat of paint was dry.
I didn’t realize my pot of Annie Sloan™ Clear Wax was empty until I opened it that day. I had another type of wax waiting on the shelf to try – clear Minwax™ Paste Finishing Wax.
- It’s helpful to use a round, stiff brush, just like I always use for Annie Sloan™ Clear Wax. Again, the ASCP waxing brush is expensive, so the Wal-Mart version I shared in my Chalk Paint Brush Secrets post is a good alternative – and works very well. (Just watch for any stray brush bristles.)
- Minwax™ is a stiffer paste, which helps to not overload your brush. ASCP is a softer wax, so it’s easy to load too much onto your brush. The more paste you load onto your furniture, the more you have to wipe off. I feel like I waste a ton of Annie Sloan’s wax.
- After you swirl wax over a small section, rub your soft cloth into the Minwax™ paste to make it run smoothly over the waxed areas of the piece with no “dragging”. You can smooth and buff easily.
- Minwax™ paste “sets” very quickly, so it doesn’t leave tackiness to your piece for long periods of time. With Annie Sloan™, sometimes it takes several days.
The benefits of Minwax™ paste wax out-weigh those of Annie Sloan™ Clear Wax. (It’s much cheaper, too. Bonus!) It hardens faster than Annie Sloan wax, so rather than waiting a day or two for it to lose its “stickiness”, only an hour or so does the trick with Minwax™.
Minwax™ isn’t paying me to give you my opinion. If you’d like to order the Minwax paste, though, here’s the Amazon* link (who will pay me a small commission for your purchase).
For further testing, I used the Minwax™ paste on two desks I painted last week. You’ll soon see my experience of chalk paint over two types of laminated surfaces.
The jury’s still out on how you would apply a dark wax for an aged look with the Minwax paste. Something to work on for later! 🙂
Sometimes testing a different product has wonderful results!
Have you tried different types of wax on your furniture pieces? What’s your favorite?
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