Antiquing wax made with stain or paint is easy to make, and a fraction of the cost of name brand dark furniture waxes. When you make your own tinted wax you choose the color and can control how dark you want the antiquing. The wax also works great on my DIY Chalk Like Paint and other paint finishes.
Tinting Wax With Paint Or Stain
1. Purchase Natural Wax.
Furniture wax can be bought at any hardware store and most big box stores for $12.00 or less and lasts forever. I used Minwax for my project, but any finishing wax should work as well. (not a sponsored post)
2. Heat Wax
Place two tablespoons of wax in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. I used a mason jar. Heat a couple inches of water in a small pot, remove from heat and add the uncovered jar of wax to the water. Remove jar when the wax is a soft consistency or even melted.
3. Stir In Stain Or Paint.
While the wax is soft stir in equal parts of either stain or paint. By adding paint to store bought wax you can achieve a darker color and using stain will give a more subtle tone. Water based or oil stain work equally well and I also used craft paint with good results. Test a small amount of the tinted wax and add more if you want a darker look. Make small batches to avoid the wax drying out.
4. Add Wax
Use a clean rag, or inexpensive paint chip brush, to apply the antiquing wax working a small area at a time and pushing the wax in crevices with the paint brush. No need to buy expensive brushes made especially for applying wax. Wipe off excess immediately and buff.