There is a time and place for everything. Really. And that includes our precious wax! Yes, I know,.. what else comes close to giving us that divine finish?? But hear me out..
As I began trekking through this world of furniture refinishing,.. of course one of the first things that caught my eye was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… Highly sought after,.. popularly used to get that really beautiful old world look on our furniture pieces.. You can take the most mod piece of furniture and give it a very earthy feel.. like it was chiseled from a sycamore 2000 years ago…
ok maybe I exaggerate but its incredible fun bring new-old life to new/old pieces of furniture! Especially the cast aways.. but what really gives this paint a new dimension is the wax that is used to finish it.. clear wax and dark wax come together to create an awesome “this piece of furniture is actually MADE of this color” look! HOWEVER we have to remember it is only a decorative finish, its not a protective top coat! I began a discussion about this topic and believe it or not it stayed QUITE informative and useful! (Bravo to those that contributed!) and something popped in my mind,.. once I had a client I was speaking to tell me her grandchild had dropped butter on the table and when she wiped it up, the finish had come up! I thought about it… I mean it IS wax… seems like it really can only be soooo hard and protective right?? Well lets just test this theory..
UPDATE: On to the now what! Since then, I have tried SO many products! Personally I am not a fan of the buffing process so, moving away from wax was fine with me!
CeCe Caldwell, another well known manufacturer loves using a clear coat then using wax over that! You get the luscious feel and ALL the protection you need! BUT What would I settle on using for the protection!?
Wise Owl takes pride in truly coming up with the BEST products,.. no matter what the cost. While cost effective for you,… lets just say sometimes it hits the profit margin. BUT what they are left with is a product they KNOW they can trust. Wise Owl Varnish is made using crystal clear acrylic resin. It cant and wont yellow over time! ALSO you get a hard as nails finish!!! I have been blown away by this stuff-so much so that I actually carry it now with their other products,.. I started searching in 2015 for the perfect product-and here I am now in 2017 letting you know what it is.
It comes in both Satin and Matte- though my absolute favorite way to use it is by mixing the two 50/50
Here you can see the sheen! To me its just perfect. When possible I will spray this with my Homeright Finish Max. No watering down necessary! Pour and Spray!
So, if you want an easy to use, no fail, hard as nails, non yellowing, crystal clear method for TRULY protecting your beautiful finish,. Grab you some Wise Owl Clear Varnish
Hope you found this helpful! Always feel free to contact me with questions. I may not know the answer but I am happy to find it with you! Happy painting y’all!