How to Age Furniture With Wax Candles
Do you like the worn, ‘shabby chic’ look that’s so popular but doesn’t want to spend substantial amounts of £’s You can use a household candle to reproduce a ‘distressed’ look on any wooden piece of furniture – new or old – that you plan to paint.
STEP ONE: Prime the furniture
First, prime the piece with an under-colour primer (as though the furniture had been painted this colour previously) and allow the primed coat to dry thoroughly.
STEP TWO: Rub with a candle
Rub a white candle along the edges & corners, knobs,& handles also randomly over the over the higher relief areas wherever it would be worn slightly by frequent usage.Be generous with the wax & brush any flaky bits away.
STEP THREE: Now paint the furniture piece with a coat of main top colour, this won’t stick to the wax, You will need a second coat of top colour.
STEP FOUR: When the item is completely dry, rub away the waxed areas with a soft cotton cloth dipped in warm water.