I let it sit there for a few months mulling over what I would do with it. Until this week when I had a brilliant idea. I didn’t want it to look new, because you know I’d mess it up anyway with all the use. Instead I’d speed up the process and make it look old. But with a little help from my paints. And so today I will show you how to get an easy worn look for an Ikea stool.
What I Used:
- DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting
- DecoArt Acrylic paint in black and yellow
- DecoArt Americana Decor Cream Wax
- Daddy Van’s Decorative Wax in cafe Noir
- Round paint brush
- clean rags for rubbing and buffing
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The How to:
I had Americana Chalky Finish in Everlasting white but wanted to go with a different color. So I added a tiny bit of black acrylic paint to make a gray color.
The whole thing was painted and then sanded down so it would be nice and smooth and the wax would go on nicely. The color looks a bit blue here because of the light but you can see that all of the stool was painted.
I knew that I wanted to add a bit more warmth to it with a dark colored wax. But I had no idea if I could add varnish as well.
This went on in my mind for a while, till finally after speaking with a few friends – it’s always good to have blogger friends - I decided I would play it safe this time and not mess with the varnish.
So I applied some Cream Wax first.
And then I added the darker wax, Daddy Van’s Cafe Noir. The cream wax serves to create a base for the Cafe Noir wax so that it will go on smoother and not penetrate as much. You can also not use the cream wax and just go with the darker wax, but I was so afraid I’d mess up I wanted as much control as I could get.
I used one of these round brushes which really helps to get the wax in all the nooks and crannies. Then I used the clean towel to rub the excess off.
And here is my old new stool.
Now I’ll be able to reach the top cabinets in the kitchen in style!
And now I need your help. Do you ever add varnish first and then the wax?
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