Design answer: gray paint and wax for an aged look
Hello Cathy, to give an old-fashioned look to a rustic piece of furniture (chest of drawers, sideboard, etc.), you will first have to sand the paint that you had started applying and waxing. Then, the best will be to give it a gray and aged patina. For this, I advise you to mix a gray acrylic paint with white Meudon and apply a first layer giving an impression of thickness, as if we had spent 6 or 7 layers. Then apply another coat in a darker tone. When the paint is completely dry, you will scrape with coarse sandpaper at the places of wear, ironwork, angles of moldings, feet, and polish with fine sandpaper. For a more authentic wear effect, you will wax the furniture with a liquid wax to clog the angles and scratches left by the large sandpaper. You will remove the surplus with a cloth, pass a boar brush to polish then a soft cloth to polish.