Raise your hand if you love ASCP.  (Hand in the air)

Raise your hand if you love the dark wax. (hand still in air, only slightly lower than before)

Okay, raise your hand if you have had trouble with dark wax staining even after you clear waxed your furniture. (both hands in air–and one foot)

MM wax info #4

I truly love this stuff, but dark wax has been a pain to deal with for me.  I love it, but dread using it because I usually have to work so hard to get it on just right.

To antique a piece of furniture I apply the clear wax in a thin layer then LIGHTLY dab on the dark wax in the areas that need to look old and dirty (I realize that to some people that seems crazy, but it is truly how I like my furniture).  Then I rub away the excess dark wax with some more clear wax, all the while trying to not use too much wax so that my furniture doesn’t feel tacky.

But sometimes I just want my paint color to be toned down, not antiqued.  That’s where I have a hard time.  I want the dark wax to lightly stain ALL of my paint.  But ‘lightly’ isn’t a term that dark wax understands…

Solution:  clear wax needs to marry dark wax and have a medium wax child (and name her Beverly)

MM wax info #2

Ahhh, that’s better.

Now I can just tone down the brightness of an ASCP color without streaking the dark wax and working like mad to calm it down.

Here’s a sneak peek at the kid’s chairs in the new office.  They are painted with ASCP Antibes and waxed with..Beverly.

MM wax info #3

What do you think?  Do you like Beverly?  Have you tried this method?  Let me hear from you!!



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15 Responses to Dark Wax Issues Solved!

  1. Maureen says:

    I don’t like Beverly, I’m loving Beverly.

  2. Amy says:

    Love! I would love to see an Antibes with clear, Antibes with dark and Antibes with Beverly. For comparison. No pressure. 🙂 Love the chairs!! Love the pop. Makes me actually like Antibes for the first time. I have used clear wax tinted with ASCP before but not mixed with dark wax. THANK YOU!

    • hollymcc says:

      I will try to make a sample with that comparison. Just didn’t want to do it on the chairs since they would be a pain to repaint/rewax. ha

  3. Donna says:

    OMG! Thank you! I have a can of antibes that I used for a table with the same results you described. Ended up repainting it in old white. Thank you for introducing me to “Beverly”. I think she will be my new bestie. Planning on repainting that table tomorrow!

  4. Kala Duncan says:

    Woohoo! What a fun solution! The chairs look great – love the color!!

  5. barbara says:

    I LOVE the green!!! I have got to try the ASCP!

  6. Jen says:

    Those chairs look great!
    Loving that color…

  7. Debora Cadene says:

    Love the chairs. When you say mix the dark and the light….are you taking a spoonful of each and mixing them together? I’ve never seen ASCP or any of the products, only drooled over them, and am nowhere near a facility to go and get it. I REALLY really wanna try it, I just need to find the closest dealer to International Falls MN and find out if it can be sent in the winter time. Anyhow….I am really interested in knowing more details on :Beverly”.

    enjoy your day…

    • hollymcc says:

      Debora, I’m so glad you asked! I did a take spoonful of dark and mixed it with about 3 or 4 spoonfuls (is that a word?) of the clear wax. I just mixed them in a separate container and have been able to use it several times. A little goes a long way. As far as a stockist near you, here is the website that will show the MN stockists http://www.anniesloan.com/acatalog/North_American_Stockists.html#Minnesota It looks like you are on the border of Canada, so you might want to check and see if there are some that are closer there. Most will ship to you. Are you covered in snow right now? I would be fun to be snowed in with a ton of ASCP and some old furniture!!
      Glad you stopped by!!

  8. Amy Flatt says:

    Trying this exact process (Antibes on chairs, then Beverly) today for fundraising auction items . Thank you for the inspiration!

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