Thursday, September 20, 2012

How to change the color on a piece after its been waxed

Before I tell you how to change the color on 
your furniture that has a Chalk Paint finish I just wanted to 
say that Justin and I hosted the first Boston workshop last night.
It started an hour after we closed shop and ran til 9PM.
It was a long day but a great one.
For locals interested you can find 
our workshop schedule posted at
It was great having our first guy student take the class~
Mike and his wife had been in our shop perusing paint colors earlier in the week
and he was the one that was going to learn the techniques to return home to paint
a large cabinet they had.  Three other ladies, Stephanie, Patty and Lizzie
joined us as well. It was my first time having a class at night and I enjoyed it.
And a quick peek at a handsome oak library desk we just got into Boston~
We styled it with a vintage 48 star flag and some old fans.
Ok, now how to do the presto chango~
*Note: The flag has now been taken off the window stage
 where I draped it over the desk shelf 
and will be displayed properly.
Thank you to those who wrote me about this.
A french desk I recently finished had Old Ochre and Versailles,
Dark wax and Gilding details. 
This pretty desk sold to a woman who wanted it to be a different color~
everywhere there was green was now going to be Paris Gray.
She did not want any gilding either.
What do you do when you have changed your mind or 
you get a request to change the color of piece of furniture
that has a Chalk Paint and recently waxed finish?
Let me show you~
 Apply mineral spirits with a soft cloth and rub over the 
entire piece or the area that you are changing the color out. 
 This will remove the wax~and in this case
 I had both clear and dark waxes.
 Get a nice amount on your cloth and rub~you will see the wax 
dissolve and get picked up in your cloth.
It is also used to remove the gilded areas.
 Above you can see the removed wax 
and the part that is still the original finish.
 All the hardware and along the edges and the legs had 
gilding wax that needed to be removed.
After you take it all off you let it dry for a half hour 
or so and then you are ready to paint.
Note: I edited this post to show reflect that I removed the 
wax because it was still soft and in the curing stages~
if your waxed piece has been buffed and cured you
can paint directly over the waxed surface.
 So~on with the Paris Grey Chalk Paint~!
Its as simple as that~time consuming to repaint, 
but the wax removal part is not difficult.
This is just one more reason why I think Chalk Paint is so versatile~
you can change your mind and easily change a color.
I promise!



  1. Hi Amy,
    I travel from Sweden just to look for some inspiration §;-)

    Well, honestly I been visiting your blog many times and keeping an eye of your ideas. Although, I am not a DIY:er I love to drool what you do.

    Great job, Lady.

    Happy day,

  2. Great tips, Amy. I had the mineral spirits out this morning. Changed my mind on a table. We must be on the same wavelength.

  3. I had no idea your were supposed to remove the wax first. I've always just painted right back over a piece because I thought Chalk Paint could adhere to anything. Oops. Thanks for the tip! Thankfully, my hutch that's been painted twice seems to be fine! Thinking of you today. xo Jami

  4. I haven't ever removed any wax before painting it another color. I just paint right over it. Glad the class went well.

  5. Wondering why you removed the wax finish, rather than just painted over it. I'm sure I remember Annie Sloan saying it's fine to just paint over if you want to change out a color. Correct me if I'm wrong. I've read several times and places that it was ok to simply repaint over with her paint.

  6. Milk paint desk...beautiful!!! And thanks for the tip on removing the wax, I also thought you could repaint it...:)

  7. I sucked in my breath when you said you painted that beautiful desk a different color, Amy! I loved it! I did wonder what you would do if you wanted to repaint after waxing, but more for if I hated the way something I did turned out. Sometimes I wait until after I wax before I will make a final judgment on how I feel and most of the time the wax just makes it for me.

  8. You can paint over the wax, but if it was recently waxed and not cured its best to remove it. I should clarify~thanks Kim and Jami!

  9. Great advice on changing out colors that have been waxed. I haven't tried the milkpaint yet, but may look for something to try it on. I like how distressed it looks after using it.

  10. Such great make it look sooo easy. I want to try it on something, I am determined and every time I visit you...I am so inspired. Every single piece you touch is soooooo gorgeous!

  11. Very nice change, and very good instructions. Glad to know that, and appreciate you sharing.

  12. Thanks for the wax removal tips and updates! I have in the past simply painted right over my previous chalkpaint and wax with excellent results so I guess it was already cured enough, I love the update on the milkpaint thanks so much and am loving all of your post as they apply to what I do in my part of the world, just on a smaller scale!

  13. I am so sorry...I could not read any more of this blog after I saw the Stars and Stripes laying down on that table :-(

    This is very, very bad U.S. Flag etiquette...even for a vintage 48 stars flag.

    Please read the US Flag etiquette and give proper care to that beautiful flag.

  14. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been in a quandry about how to do this procedure.

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  16. That is cool a guy took your class. I bet you will get more of that with your son running the place. In my family, other than me of course (LOL) the men are more artistic. Love the new color on that desk.

  17. I'm glad your first class in Boston was a success! I cringe when someone wants something repainted, but it looks beautiful in Paris Grey!

  18. Great tips!! I love the way your store looks!!! Beautiful!!! xo Leslie

  19. I have removed the flag from the desk in the window display. I wasn't thinking that I was disrespecting the flag. My apologies to all who were offended.

  20. Hi Amy thanks for sharing this tip! chalk paint is amazing stuff even though the wax was removed the paint still adhered to the furniture. Lovely to see a gent at your class. Tracy

  21. Hi Amy, Love your blog; always so informative. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your French script stencil that you used on a previous piece. I need one much smaller, but have not been able to find one anywhere. Thanks in advance. Have a great weekend.


  22. Thank you so much for sharing your great tips, Amy! As usual, I learned something new! I loved that table before Paris Grey and loved it after! Question for you: When you apply gilding wax, do you do it before the clear wax/dark wax or after? Or doesn't it matter?

    xoxo laurie

  23. Amy, this is a great tip! I didn't know you could do that with the mineral spirits. Good to know. I'm going to pin for future reference. Danielle x

  24. I'm a total chalk paint newbie and made a terrible mistake. I picked up some white and black chalk paint and went to painting with the white. 3 COATS later, I realized it was actually the white wax. (I know it was such a dumb move!) I've sanded a bit and used mineral spirits and gotten quite a bit off. I can see some wood grain. Does it need to be all the way down to mostly bare wood? Or do you think I will be fine to go ahead and paint once it is dry? I feel like such an idiot!


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