White Wax on Bare Wood
Updated: Mar 10, 2019
If you've painted your own furniture before, I'm sure you've used WAX to seal or finish your projects. In this case I've used a decorative, coloured wax as a protective top coat for my wood finish but also as part of the overall design.
When I picked this dresser, it had already been sanded down to the bare wood. Since natural wood finishes are making their way back into the farmhouse decor scene, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to achieve the look without having to go through all the hard, stinky work of stripping.
I did give the entire dresser a good rinse off, inside and out, with some mild soapy water to get rid of any gunk. Once it was dry, everything got a quick sand with 220 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander. I then applied 2 coats of Minwax wood stain in a custom blend of Weathered Oak and Classic Grey. The stain needs 24 hours to completely dry. The next day I moved the dresser inside and got to waxing.
For this process I used FAT Wax in White by the FAT Paint Company. It is a blend of beeswax and carnauba wax which gives it a lovely, soft butter consistency. This product is extremely easy to work with! I used an old, stiff bristled brush to rub the White Wax all over the piece. Be careful to get it into all the nooks and crannies for an authentic weathered effect. Once I had finished brushing on my wax I then went back to my starting point and started rubbing off the excess with a lint free rag. And that's it! Seriously easy! Brush on, buff off, DONE!
And here is the finished product! I am completely in love with how this piece has turned out. It's now ready to live a new life in a beautiful modern farmhouse or a lovely cottage somewhere.