Here it is, the follow up on the Swedish finish from Monday. You may be wondering what makes this finish Swedish. Well, it started with one of my very favorite bloggers, Joni at COTE DE TEXAS… She has recently acquired some new Swedish antiques that are just beautiful…
One of them is this secretary that you see above. (I could just move right into Joni’s house with out a second thought!) When she posted this article, I stayed glued to it for days! I had been contemplating how I would finish off my newly painted table and when I saw her new pieces, I knew this was what I wanted to achieve. So, I went to her source, Lone Ranger Antiques and started snooping around until I found that Jeffree Turney, the owner, demonstrated the secrets to his beautiful finish on Martha Stewart’s site!!! Oh what a lucky day it was!!! Here you can see two demi lunes that she purchased. I knew that the Martha Stewart Bedford gray that I used would lend to this finish nicely. Here is what I did…
Howard’s Wax and Feed – 8 oz (80%)
Minwax Wood Finish – Dark Walnut – 2 oz (20%)
Paint can opener
Chip brush for applying mixture
An old tee shirt – cut into several pieces
Container with lid for mixing recipe
Stir the wax and stain together in container.
NOTE: On MS website the Video states that you should use 80% wax and 20% stain, but the written recipe calls for 80% stain and 20% wax. I recommend using the Video version, as I used the written recipe and it was too dark. I was able to remove some of the stain by applying another layer of plain wax and wiping it off. My table is still darker than I want it to be, but I am happy enough with it for now.
Here it is with the wax applied. As I said before, it could stand to be a little lighter, but it does work in this space. I really like this recipe and the flexibility it offers. Minwax has a new gray color that I want to try next. I will let you now when I do.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you liked Joni’s home. She has quite an eye for antiques and design. I think I might have to put one of the Lone Ranger’s secretaries on my wish list. One would be perfect for an empty spot that I have!
I am really glad you stopped by and I hope you find this tutorial helpful.
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