Staining Unfinished Wood Part 1 - Staining using Dark Wax

One of the newest trends in the world of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is staining unfinished wood with Annie Sloan Waxes or Chalk Paint®.


Staining Unfinished Wood Part 1 - Staining using Dark Wax


Recently on a faux finishing job Rhonda got the opportunity to use one of her favorite techniques on an unfinished wood bed. Here is quick overviewof staining wood with Annie Sloan's Dark Wax.

Supplies & Tools

-Annie Sloan Dark Wax

-Low Odor or Odorless Clear Mineral Spirits

-Inexpensive Chip Brush

-Quality Lint Free Rag

Prepare unfinished wood by removing any excess saw dust or debris that may be present.

Before Untreated & Unfinished Wood

Before Untreated & Unfinished Wood

Create a "stain" mixture using a small amount mineral spirits mixed with dark wax. Add enough mineral spirits to "loosen" and slightly liquefy the wax. The wax mixture should be smooth, not too runny, and easy applied with brush and rag.

Be cautious when adding the mineral spirits to the dark wax. Start with a small amount and add more if needed. The amount of mineral spirits to dark wax will depend on the look you are trying to achieve.  Always note your recipe and test your mixture on a sample piece before doing your whole project.

Use your chip brush to apply the dark wax stain mixture. Rhonda prefers to work in linear strokes in the direction of the wood grain.

 To blend and spread your stain mixture, use a cloth to really work the stain into the surface of the unfinished wood. The stain mixture will need to cure at least 24 hours before using the piece. The cure time will allow the stain to soak deep into the wood fibers.

If you wish to do an additional painted finish over the stain allow the stained surface to set-up at least 24 hours before applying paint. 

After Stain

After Stain

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Dark Waxes are available for purchase at any of Rhonda J's Shoppes or online from Shoppe Ita!