for the color inspiration (I'm a copy cat) on this piece I just finished. I stripped the top - stained it with Minwax Provincial - painted 2 coats of Duck Egg ASCP - then I sanded to
distress and smooth out any brush strokes. I mixed Howard's Feed and Wax with the Provincial stain and brushed it on applying a lot - I wiped it some and let it dry overnight then gave it a good buff. You like?
Credit to the lady (wish I could remember her name) who's blog gave me the idea of mixing wax with stain. What a great time saver.
Satin Finish is a brush on hard durable finish that leaves a waxed look. I started with a base coat of Vintage White, then using a small chip brush I dipped into Hershey Brown and Vermont
Slate paints. I wiped the brush off on a paper towel, like I would if stenciling. I dipped into the Satin Finish and smooshed it into the detailing. I wiped it off leaving only darker spots where I wanted them. I let it dry then put on a clear coat of Satin Finish. The sample came out nice. I'm going for it on one of my thrift store finds!
The before pic is done in Annie Sloan Old White with lots of dark wax. I've always found the AS wax hard and hard to work with. I didn't like it so shoved it to the back of the garage.
Along came CeCe Caldwell's Paints. One coat of Smokey Mountain Gray (with no prep, painted right over the waxed finish) then a quick distressing using a damp rag. I finished it off with CCCP brush on Satin Finish. It's like liquid wax. Great lustrous finish and durable beyond belief.