Warning: Wood lovers look away! This gorgeous, ornate, hand carved cabinet has been sitting in my store for MONTHS.
I had been secretly hoping someone would purchase it as-is because I hated to paint it.
Yes, somewhere deep inside is a wood loving lady. I know I paint ALOT of furniture. Like hundreds of pieces. More than I can count.
But most of the furniture I rescue has blemishes, scratches, dents, and is not in pristine condition. I guess the same could be said for this cabinet because it was rescued from a house fire. I purchased it from a workshop student whose parents had a house fire. The cabinet had a light coat of soot all over it but otherwise the wood was untouched. I had it professionally cleaned and it did look good as new. You couldn’t even tell it had been a fire survivor.
So I stuck a price tag on it with the hopes someone would love it’s original beauty.
Not one inquiry. Or even a lift of the eyebrow in interest.
As a compromise with my internal struggle of to paint or not to paint, I decided to lime wash the piece in Heirloom Traditions NEW Gel Wax.
The stuff is MAGICAL. Just watch the above video to see how I applied it. You can also see another video all about the new Gel Wax HERE.
It has a pudding consistency and glides on so easily. IF you hate using furniture wax and have to ice down your wrist after a furniture painting session this stuff is an answer to your prayers!
(PS: If you are local to Edmond or Oklahoma City you are always welcome to come by and paint a sample board with it. You have to try it to believe it!)
Here is one last untouched “Before” shot prior to committing wood blasphemy.
And here she is after! You can still appreciate the original wood but the White Lime accentuates the beauty in all the right places.
I used Steel Wool in #0000 grit to wipe the excess wax off. It smoothed all of the lovely wax into the wood grain.
I think the wood gods will forgive me, don’t you?
I checked on the cabinet this morning and it’s completely dry.
I even scratched it with my fingernail just to make sure the wax was durable.
Not a scratch in site.
If you are torn weather to paint a piece of furniture Heirloom Traditions new Gel Wax formula might me the answer you are looking for. I can’t wait to try the other colors in their gel wax line on top of a refinished piece of furniture , Barn Wood, Oxidized Patina, Muddy Pond, and Jet Black.
I would love for you to Shop Local and find your nearest Heirloom Traditions Paint retailer HERE so you can get your hands on the new gel wax formula and play with it for yourself!