The Basic Finish with Jolie Paint

The Basic Finish from our Everyday Guide is our go-to finish for a classic, hand painted look. It's easy to achieve with just a few products, and is our recommended finish for those new to painting. If you're looking to create a finish with subtle brushstrokes and soft texture, then the Basic Finish is for you.

After you try the basic finish, you will want to paint this way all the time. It breaks all the rules of traditional painting. - Lisa Rickert, CEO

Read on for step-by-step instructions or check out our instructional video below.

Tools & Materials

Step 1

Apply a coat of Jolie Paint using a Jolie Signature Brush. Paint in every direction, leaving subtle brush marks and slight texture. Allow the paint to dry completely. Dry time usually takes about 20 minutes but varies based on climate and thickness of paint application.

Step 2

Once dry, apply a second coat of paint in every direction to ensure coverage. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3

Use your Jolie Wax Brush to apply a small amount of Jolie Finishing Wax in Clear. Working in manageable sections of 2-3 square feet at a time, use a gentle sweeping motion to work the Clear Finishing Wax into the paint. Work in every direction, just as you did with your paint brushstrokes. You will see the Jolie Paint color become slightly darker after the wax is applied. Proceed to step four before beginning to wax the next section.

Step 4

Any surplus of wax should be wiped away using a lint-free cloth and applying medium pressure. As the cloth becomes saturated with wax, you will need to replace or move to a clean area of your cloth so that it will continue to absorb wax. Continue on to your next unwaxed section and repeat steps three and four until you have waxed the entire surface.


To create more depth in your finish, distress with a fine Sanding Pad over edges and raised details after waxing to reveal small amounts of the underlying surface. Before applying another thin coat of wax, wipe away the dust from sanding with a wet cloth. Repeat step four.


After waxing and wiping individual sections, apply a very thin coat of Clear Finishing Wax from one side to the other and wipe the surface to even out the finish.

The wax is dry when it no longer feels cool to the touch, usually within 1-2 hours. Leave the finish as is for a natural matte sheen, or allow the wax to dry for 1-2 hours before buffing with a soft, lint-free cloth for a more polished look. For surfaces that require more durability, apply at least two coats of Clear Finishing Wax. Wait at least eight hours between coats. Jolie Finishing Wax will fully cure and harden in two weeks. During this time period, be gentle and take care when using your piece (i.e. use place mats and coasters).

The Basic Finish with Jolie Paint

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