Sealing painted furniture. It is a topic that is brought up in 100% of my furniture painting workshops. There is no shortage of choices you have to seal your furniture once it’s painted. There is polycrylic, polyurethane, top coats made specifically for chalk-type paints, furniture wax, liquid waxes, heck there are even spray on versions of top coats.
Most antique furniture preservation experts and manufacturers prefer furniture wax over other sealants because wax will protect the painted finish you slaved over. It will take the brunt of all of the superficial scratches, dents, and dings.
Yes. You heard that right. A car wash sponge.
I know it sounds like a hillbilly method to paint your furniture.
But trust me, lots of faux finishers use car was sponges because they are inexpensive and wash easily.
If it’s good enough for a faux artist its good enough for my freebie coffee table makeover.
I created a video, documenting the process for you, just in case you can’t visualize a car wash sponge doing anything special for a DIY project.
Once I had painted the coffee table it was time for sealing my painted furniture in White Lime Soft Wax by Heirloom Traditions Paint. It is my most favorite wax of all time. <I have a TON of projects I have used White Lime Soft Wax on HERE>
Confession: I would rub it on my body if I could because it just makes everything look better!
It’s been exactly one year since I used sealing painted furniture with wax and I wanted to give you an update on how it’s done up against my two crazy kids.
Yeah these two heathens.
Boy Mom moment: I came from a family of all sisters so I had no ever loving idea what I was getting into when Jesus dealt me the ‘boy mom’ card.
Gosh I love them so much it hurts. But raising these two has really put the male mind into perspective for me. Just give them some cars to play with and let them run around half naked and they are happy as can be!
So whilst trying to tame two wild animals this past year, I kept a watchful eye on my precious coffee table to see if it would withstand their ways.
First let me say that all furniture needs 30 days to fully cure. If you have read my book you know I can get all judgy on the subject of curing furniture. (hey, it’s better than religion or politics amiright?)
No matter what type of paint or brand it is painted with.
It could be painted in latex paint, oil based paint, this paint, that paint, or my paint.
It all needs 30 days to get really hard and durable.
The problem is that I can’t live without my coffee table for thirtywholedays.
It would have been thirty full days of living room awkwardness. I just couldn’t bare to endure it.
Where would we set our cups? And that ghastly hole right in the middle of our living room? What would guests think????
So on day #2 of my coffee table’s “curing process” I put it right back in it’s place, in the center of our living room.
And I held my breath.
On day #5 my son spilled a full glass of water right on top of the table.
And didn’t bother to tell anyone until we found it later that day.
Good lawdy, who knows how long that water had been pooled up on my brand new coffee table?!?!?!?!
I’m glad to report we cleaned up the water and it wasn’t the last time drinks have been spilled on it.
Do people still have rules in their house where you can’t eat or drink in the living room?
This coffee table has held up to lots of board games, block banging, fork poking, spilled milk crying, and probably other things that would be considered unsanitary.
Sealing Painted Furniture with wax is durable, friends.
Hand to God there is not a scratch on this table. No photoshop retouching was used in the editing of these photos.
It must be luck or a protective invisible barrier created by some super hero, but all I can say is I am impressed.
Based on my experience I think the durability of furniture wax has a lot to do with how you apply it.
Most of the time people use way too much wax.
Or don’t wipe enough of it off after it’s applied. Your piece should not feel tacky AT. ALL. the next day. If it does, you need to get out an old t-shirt and give it once over wipe down.
Buffing your piece the next day will also help it to cure and give it extra shine. I buffed my coffee table with this tool and it’s a #gamechanger.
So the next time you ponder the durability of furniture wax think about my coffee table.
And my crazy kids.
And then have a cup of coffee. But use a coaster please.