I Just Couldn't Leave It Alone

7.17.2014

When I shared the Guest Bath Reveal I mentioned that the wood plaque I had painted might get updated a bit and of course it did. I just couldn't leave it alone.





This is what I started with. This is a plaque from the Southern Living Collection that was sold years ago at home parties and my sister was one of their sellers. Did any of y'all sell or go to one of these parties?

I gathered my supplies of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Artissimo which is a beautiful dark blue and the Hemp Oil that I love to use.

I set everything up on my kitchen counter and painted two coats of the blue on and let that dry.

Then I took a piece of sandpaper and just knocked off a bit of the paint here and there and some of it did peel since it was milk paint and that is what I was hoping for.

I rubbed the oil on everywhere and you can see the lighter blue spots where I did not rub the oil.

I hung it in the bathroom and it looked like this. It was okay, but very dark and hard to see the detail.

I grabbed my jar of Miss Mustard Seed white wax and a small brush and just started brushing it all over.

I loved the texture the white wax was adding.



I stopped and took this shot so you could see the difference of how the wax transformed this piece.



Now all the detail pops and it looks much better in the bathroom.

Have y'all tried the white wax yet? 

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43 comments:

  1. Hi Kim-
    What a difference with the white wax
    It looks beautiful.
    Have a good day
    Rose - http://muchloveroseblog.tumblr.com

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  2. LOVE it!!! Nice job with the white wax!!!

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  3. That looks great Kim! I never tried the white wax, but I will now.

    Kathy

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  4. Wow Kim the white wax made a big difference. I love the piece in your bathroom. Looks gorgeous. Love all the detail. I am going to have to try the white wax.
    Kris

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  5. the wax rreally takes this to another level of beautiful,

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  6. never used the wax but it really lightened the piece up. happy day to you!

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  7. I have not tried any of Miss Mustard Seed paints etc yet. It looks great with the white wax.

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  8. The white wax made a huge difference. You can really see the detail now.

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  9. Hi Kim, Glad you didn't leave it alone!! Looks GREAT!

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  10. The patina you created is beautiful! I love what the white wax did to the piece even though I loved it darker as well. I might need to get some of that white wax!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  11. It just goes to show that even an expert like you goes through trial and error when working with chalk paint. I love the new version of your piece -- the white wax really sets it all off beautifully.

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  12. Wow! What a great piece - love it!!

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  13. Your wood plaque turned out beautifully, love how the white wax shows off all the pretty details!

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  14. Much better Kim...now you have me wanting to try that white wax on something!!

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  15. This looks wonderful. I am going to have to try that!

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  16. OMG, I can't believe the difference the wax made!!! It is gorgeous and looks SO pretty there!

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  17. Looks great Kim!!! Sorry we did not get to chat more at Haven and by the way you look fabulous!

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  18. It turned out fantastic. Really makes the details pop.

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  19. It looks great! I've been making my own light and dark wax by mixing some acrylic paint into Annie Sloan clear wax. So far it has worked great. I have been wanting to try liming wax though.

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  20. I was reading another blog about sweets, so when I saw you title, I was thinking of brownies and how I take tiny slices. Then I realized that you are watching your eating so I was curious. Looks fantastic, the white wax made a huge difference. Did you need to polish it or do you just apply it and leave it? Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Gosh I left that step out didn't I? Yes I buffed it with a shoe polishing brush.

      thanks

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  21. Wow! It looks so beautiful now. I have never used white wax before but I should probably give it a try.

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  22. You couldn't leave it alone, because now it's better. :) Looks great, Kim!

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  23. That white wax is a magic wax! Looks fantabulous Kim! I remember those parties, attended one with Willow before. :-)

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  24. I saw white wax at the store a few weeks back. I think I may have to try some out. The piece looks perfect~

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  25. Fabulous job! I think I need to learn how to do this. As it is I walk around the house gilding everything. But I just love the 'patina' you've created. I definitely agree with your decision to lighten it up a bit and what a wonderful job you did. Looks great!

    Lory
    Designthusiasm.com

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  26. Funny I've never heard of white wax before. I love the effect, what a great job Kim. It's such a classic piece too.

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  27. Looks great! I have a bench I want to try out the paints and wax on. You've inspired me, Kim.

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  28. I hadn't heard about the white wax before so I'm so glad you shared the transformation of your piece - what a difference!!

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  29. I've never used the white wax but it looks like an interesting product.

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  30. I loved Southern Living at Home. It was such pretty stuff. I like the transformation of the plaque.

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  31. Wow, I love it! I have not used white wax, but I may just have to find something to use it on. Your plaque is a beauty!

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  32. The perfect patina!

    Poppy

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  33. Gorgeous Kim, I love the addition of the white wax on your piece!

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  34. Well of course it looks amazing!! I haven't tried the milk paint OR the wax yet. xo

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  35. It looks beautiful. The white wax made an amazing difference. I'll have to get some. Thanks for sharing. (you are always so good about posting your projects, thank you)

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  36. This turned out great, Kim. Sometimes the more layers we add, the better :)

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  37. Love how the details just pop...love the white wax treatment...never thought to use the hemp oil and then wax over it....Looks great!!

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  38. The white wax was just the right touch! I haven't used any of the MMS products yet. Hope to try out the paint someday soon.

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  39. Don't you just love it? What a great difference the white wax makes!

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