If you guys remember in my Chalk Painting for Newbies by a Newbie post, I mentioned that I was most likely going to add Aging Cream to my console table because the rest of the chalk painted pieces in the room were finished with Aging Cream. I used CeCe Caldwell's Dark Aging Cream on the console table and I'm very happy with the results!
As you can see when you compare the two images above, the Aging Cream gives it more of a "used" look.
Before you do a big piece like this console table, be sure to practice on a few smaller pieces. Aging Cream does take a bit of practice and before I did this console table, I did the mirror and shelf in this Rustic Easter Wreath Idea & Tutorial post.
Aging Cream is applied with the same round flat brush that you use to apply the Clear Wax
The purpose of the Aging Cream is to make the piece appear dirty, worn, and old. Well, that's my opinion anyways....!
For this particular piece, I had to get creative with making sure the Aging Cream was applied to the areas where the piece should appear aged. To get in the corners of the drawer front, I used a Q-tip since the brush wasn't doing it.
The CeCe Caldwell's Paint website has the best instructions for applying the Dark Aging Cream
Before first use stir well, mixing wax from bottom into upper layers of wax, as the pigment has a tendency to settle to the bottom of container. Apply sparingly with a soft brush to surface that has been treated with Clear Wax or Satin Finish. It becomes thin (like an oil) as you work with it. Feather into areas that you to appear aged. Remove any extreme excess. Leave more cream in the areas that you want the deeper pigmentation. Remove all cream from areas that you do not want an aged appearance. Allow to rest several minutes, before wiping away all excess. Apply a second coat if needed for deeper color. The cream takes longer to dry than wax. Do not over saturate your wood with the wax. Build color slowly. Use only a soft cloth to buff. Aging Cream goes on much lighter, straight from the container, than most dark waxes. For a harder finish, apply a coat of the Clear Wax several days after the application of the Aging Cream.
Aging Cream and all pigmented waxes take practice. Always work on a sample board prior to first use. Different personal techniques can achieve similar results. Practice on a sample boards helps you develop your personal application method that works best for your desired results.
When they say you use it sparingly, you REALLY use it sparingly. I was able to do the console table above, a bookcase, mirror frame, small shelf, 2 vases, and fireplace mantle with just the small sample size container you see below! And there is still some leftover!
Remember, Aging Cream does take a bit of practice, but if I can do it, you can do it!
Interested in purchasing CeCe Caldwell's Paints? I use Relove Market (formerly Shabby Lane) because she is a small Wisconsin business and I'm all about supporting small business owners in WI! Also, she ships your order out quick and there was always little surprise for me! I'm not guaranteeing that will happen and it may have something to do with the size of your purchase.
Otherwise, you can check out the CeCe Caldwell's Where to Buy Online retail locator.