…clear wax review

Hey! There were many questions this week about clear wax. I thought I would share with you what has worked for me and a little overview in the hopes that this will help you and your projects.

Clear wax is white-ish and feels like candle wax. This is clear wax by Annie Sloan:



You can apply clear wax with a round wax brush found through your stockist that looks like this:


I have found these to be a little stiff and prefer a clean, lint free rag. I use this:


The purpose of clear wax is to give a protective coating to your painted piece. You can use clear wax on top of most furniture paints.

You want to coat your piece thoroughly with your clear wax, but you do not want excess wax. Get a glob on your rag like this:


Push/buff the wax into your piece like this:



Make sure you cover all areas. You will know that you have not if you see lighter patches in your pieces. If you leave them the piece could look unfinished. Clear was will deepen the color of your paint and chance the texture from chalky to slightly smooth. Like this:


Feel how smooth it is? Just kidding.

You can also check out my YouTube Tutorial here.


Got questions? Email me.



…annie sloan clear wax with lint-free rag tutorial

I get  requests all the time to do more tutorials. A few months ago I asked you all what you would like to see. I received many great ideas! The problem is getting my kids out of the house long enough to tape something 🙂 I do get loads of questions about clear waxing with a lint-free rag since this is now my process and many people asked me to demo this. So I did.

You can check it out here on YouTube

Basically, instead of using a round, wax brush I now use a lint-free cloth. The process is much smoother and goes faster than with the brush. Apply in a horizontal motion and cover any bare spots along the way. You will be happy with the result using this method.

Problems viewing the video? Let me know. Thanks! Next Tutorial will be on applying gold leaf to your piece. Stay tuned.




…a girl can change her mind, can’t she?

So, there’s a little secret I’ve been keeping from you. I’ve found myself straying from my thick oval clear wax brush and using my DH’s old t-shirts.



The large clear wax brushes are great, but they do take alot of arm muscle and really working the brush to get the coverage that you need. When using the clear wax you want to be very liberal. You will see the color of your piece deepen with the application and you want to make sure the entire piece is really coated.


Sometimes it is a bit more work to achieve this with a brush. Recently, I’ve taken a few scraps of a SOFT t-shirt, scooped up a glob of wax and rub it onto the piece, working back and forth and really pushing the wax in with a strong hand. It is also easier to get into those details with a soft rag.



Again, to achieve a smoother, softer surface you need your clear wax. Every piece should have this application. Do not skip the clear wax step.


Now, the dark wax on the other hand is OPTIONAL. You don’t need to have the dark wax to have a beautiful & functioning piece. It will simply add an aged look. I DO use my little brush with my dark wax and am still happy with it. I’ll let you know if I change my mind on that 🙂