People are always nervous when working with furniture wax for the first time. I am telling you – it’s one painting technique that is hard to mess up! I’ve got a new YouTube video showing you all of my Lazy Girl Tips to waxing furniture!
Tip #1 : Use a quality brush. My favorite brush these days is a Best Chalk Brush that can be used for painting or for waxing. But if you are on a tight budget and are okay with a one-time use brush, a chip brush, trimmed to 1.5 inches works fine too (more about that here.) Some people like to use a rag to apply wax but I feel like a rag soaks up too much of your product. That’s just in my wax-hoarding opinion.
Tip #2. Make sure you have enough wax on hand to complete your project. This buffet used about 4oz of wax. So a little goes a long way.
Tip #3: Apply a thin layer. You are not icing a cake! Work that wax into the dry, matte, chalk-type paint. The biggest mistake I see people make is using too much wax.
Tip #4: Wax is like lotion – only so much will soak into the paint. Again, too much wax can make your finish feel tacky and have a longer cure time.
Tip #5: The wax will settle into the low points of the furniture. Think about where the dust would settle in a true antique. That is where the wax will stay – in all of those yummy grooves and imperfections.
Tip #6. Along with using too much wax there is also not using enough. Look for dry spots in the paint and make sure the wax has saturated it.
Tip #7 Use an old t-shirt to wipe off the excess wax. I buy a bag of t-shirts at the thrift store for $2.00. Keep your shirt fairly flat, not crumpled up. The wrinkles from a crumpled t-shirt will be reflected in your finish.
Tip #8: Don’t limit yourself to just clear or dark wax. Heirloom Traditions has 12 wax colors to choose from. You can also mix your own wax colors by adding a smidgen of paint to clear wax. Heirloom’s wax is highly pigmented so the color of your tinted wax won’t be as saturated but it’s an inexpensive way to play around with different colors. You can also use the cheapo .99 cent acrylic paints from the craft store instead of purchasing a $12.95 sample of chalk-type paint. Shhhh.. Don’t tell any of the other retailers I told you that. But again, you probably have some acrylics on hand at home so try it and tell me what you think!
Tip #9: Work in sections and start on the side of the piece. I will wax one leg, wipe off excess, and then move to the next leg. I also don’t start on the front because it takes me a little time to get my furniture waxing mojo going. Give yourself room to change your mind – it’s hard to do that when you start on the very front.
Tip #10: Allow your piece to dry for 24 hours and then buff with a lint-free cloth. I use a buffing brush and it’s a lifesaver.
What is your favorite furniture waxing tip? Share ’em and leave a comment!