Annie Sloan Wax and Chalk Paint go together like Ben & Jerry or Thelma & Louise – some of us can’t image one without the other. This explains why all the blog-land-tutorials on Annie Sloan’s White Wax are demonstrating its effect on painted furniture – which is beautiful btw. If you’re looking to soften your painted finish or highlight your details in white, this is the perfect product to do it. But besides top coating and turning painted pieces into stunners, this wax also works its magic on raw wood.
Today I’m sharing how to use Annie Sloan White Wax to create a trendy limed wood finish!
I played around with Annie’s new wax on this Salvaged French Provincial Desk. This is what the desk looked like when my MMM found it. Two missing drawers, fused on contact paper and in need of a cleaning – but other than that, this solid wood desk was a diamond in the rough.
The desk’s missing drawers have been turned into bottom shelves/cubbies and now both the desk-top and bottom shelves have a limed wood finish. Using white wax to lime wood mimics the look of wood that has been gently aged and bleached by the sun. This sun-kissed effect is very similar to whitewashing but more subtle…more of the natural wood showing through.
- Annie Sloan White Wax
- Sander and Sandpaper
- Heat Gun or Stripper
- Wire Brush
- Soft Lint Free Cloth
How To Lime Wood w Annie Sloan White Wax:
1. Start by prepping your wood for the liming finish. I removed the contact paper and then stripped off the old manufacturer’s paint finish using a combination of my heat gun and a paint stripper.
2. Sand the wood to a smooth finish with the required grit sandpaper. After sanding with 80 grit and working my way up to 220, I cleaned the desk’s surface and then left the wood natural. At this point, you can stain it in a color of your choice if you want more of a contrast. I left the wood natural to achieve a very soft looking top to match this feminine french provincial piece.
3. Optional – Open the grain with a wire brush, brushing in the direction of the wood grain. This step creates a more intense/dramatic limed effect as more white settles into the open grain. This desk was just sanded as I wanted a more soft and subtle look.
4. Apply Annie Sloan White Wax with a brush or soft cloth. I applied it back and forth, and then in a circular motion to help the white wax get into all the little nooks and crannies.
5. Wipe excess wax away until your soft cloth slides smoothly over the new finish. After the wax has dried, a second or third application can be added if you’d like more white highlights.
The grain of the wood absorbs the white wax creating a beautiful faded effect. The sheen can be controlled with additional buffing.
A huge thank you to Melanie at The Painted Bench for supplying the Annie Sloan White Wax for this French Provincial Desk Restyle. I’m so happy to have finally given it a try. Also, thanks to all of you on Facebook who chimed in on what to do with the missing drawers on this FP Desk. You all came up with amazing ideas and as always, I appreciate your creativeness!
*Update~A few of you have asked what color/paint this desk is painted in. The body is painted in Sherwin Williams SW7006 “Extra White” in Eggshell.
Have you tried Annie Sloan’s White Wax?… or do you have any questions about it? I always I love hearing from you so chime with your thoughts!
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Linda Graef says
Would it be possible to use the white wax over stain on the top for a different effect. I’m using Varathane unbleached, grey color stain on top and drawer fronts and AS pure white on the rest with white hardware.
For sure Linda. White wax looks amazing over stain. Especially if there is some grain for it to ‘sink into’.
I also have a question about this as I waxed over stain on the back of a unit. The wax left white in the deep grainy parts which I liked but the bulk of the wood looked a little “grey” ish. I love the white effects but not so much the grey. Does multiple coats of waxing make it more grey or more white or more of both? What I really want is the same stain colour with just the deep grooves and corners and knicks whited out.
Hi Lesli! Multiple coats of wax should make it more white. Testing is a good idea tho because every finish is different. If you have some bleedthrough it may turn the wax yellowish for example. What you could try is applying the white wax to get into all the grooves, nooks and crannies, and then ERASE the white wax on the flat areas using a clear wax. This may help you achieve the look your after. Hope this helps. 🙂
Amie Weiss says
I just used clear wax on a on a raw wood table top. It looks great but some areas feel sticky or tacky while other areas are just nice and smooth. What can I do to correct this?
Hi Amie! I’m going to guess that there is possibly some wax build-up in areas. In other words, the wax is sitting thicker in some areas. If it hasn’t dried yet, you can try buffing the excess off. Another solution could be to add another layer of clear wax on the entire tabletop and buff it right away. Sometimes this neutralizes the excess wax and it will all even out. The third option is using a tiny bit of mineral spirits on a rag to remove some of the excess wax. Read the label carefully tho, it is a chemical and the rags need disposing of correctly. Hope this helps. 🙂
Jeanelle Kiver says
Oh my goodness…your desk came out SO beautiful!
I have a coffee table I just acquired that has a darker wood stain with black, what i assume, stenciled design on top and sides. I want to “lighten” or white wash the wood color to match my other furniture…do you think if I used a light handed approach to Annie’s white wax I could pull this off without losing my pattern? I would love to send pics if you want to see..
Thank you so much,
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Denise! You brought live back to this gorgeous French Provincial piece. You have a true gift (and alot of patience). 2 questions: what does MMM stand for (im old) and did you make the Extra White a chalk paint? I just want to thank you so much. I learn so much from your blogs. If i have a question or just need to read and learn i go straight to Salvaged Inspirations. I wish you had online classes. Have you ever thought about doing that? (Cha-Ching)
Hi Cheryl! MMM stands for My-Mystery-Man which is my significant other for the last 14 years. He’s the muscle behind the scenes. 😉 And yes, for this piece I believe it was a custom DIY chalky paint that I mixed with Extra White Sherwin Williams paint. I’ve done so many makeovers now, I’m starting to forget the details. 😉 And yes, i have thought about online classes. 🙂
Linda Graef says
I have a ? I’m redoing an old dresser, I want to paint the frame and sides white. I want to white wax top and drawer fronts, but my wood is very light with gorgeous grain. To get your effect I would need to stain before waxing, right?
Hi Linda! It depends on the look you’re after. You could always try a little ‘test area’ with the wax to see if you like the effect on the light wood. If it’s not showing up for you the way you envision, yes, staining first is the way to go. 🙂
Your work is beautiful! I’m planning to paint a large, old French Provincial frame (currently cream and gold) with ASCP in Country Grey, and want to bring out the embellishments on the frame (floral scrolls) with white wax. Embellishments are located in the corners and middle areas of the frame. Am a little concerned that the white wax will not show up much on the smooth areas of the frame. Want the overall effect to be soft, with the white wax especially sticking to the crevices of the floral scrolls. In your opinion, what effect with the white wax have on the smooth areas? Many thanks.
If it’s a texture paint technique the white wax will enhance the texture. If it’s a smooth paint finish a white wax will ‘soften’ the look of the Country Grey. It’s going to look great on the corner/side details… great project. :):)
Kellee Kroll says
Denise, do you think this could be done with black wax under stain? I have a tiger oak piece and want the grain to show better.
Hi Kellee!!! 🙂 Hmm, I’ve never tried putting wax under stain before. I’m guessing unless they are both water-based products, using a wax under the stain may not work. ??? There is a wood grain enhancing product which you can see here… not sure if that’s the looks youre after though.
Hi! Did you do any poly coat on the top for protection?? I’m doing a similar project but with a dining table and I don’t know what to do as a top coat!
Hi Maddi! For this desk I did not use a poly, only the white wax. If you’re working with a high traffic dining table, a poly topcoat is great protection!
What happens if I use clear wax on bare wood? Do I need to shellac it first?
Hi Ron! No, you do not need to topcoat bare wood with anything before waxing. Clear wax will give a very natural look/topcoat to bare/raw wood.
We recently purchased a wooden dining room table with a white wax coat finish. The wax was applied directly to the raw wood. We accidentally caused a scuff/scratch in the wax coating with the corner of a picture frame that was on the table. The wood was not damaged, but the corner of the frame made a white line/scrape in the wax coating. Any tips on how to fix it? I’ve looked all over the internet and cannot find how to fix this. Is this some way to remove just the wax in this section and re-wax it?
Hi Jayna. Mineral Spirits will remove wax, but that said I’d try this method in an inconspicuous area before fixing. You may be dealing with a white glaze and not a wax at all.
Kristin Surratt says
Hi Denise! Do you need to put anything over the white wax? I’m going to use it on my kitchen table so I want to protect it from wearing off.
Hi Kristin! No, nothing goes over the white wax. If it was to wear off in time, it’s pretty easy to re-apply another coat.
Okay, thank you!
I just made a headboard out of shiplap. Trying to decide whether to whitewash/dry brush/or white wax it. It has so many wood tones that it’s quite busy looking which somewhat clashes with the bedspread. Also I didn’t plan well with board placement so the lightest color is at the top against a sand colored wall called “beach.” Would love to post a pic but not sure how to do that. It’s a guest room that will have beachy type pictures and such. Bedspread is striped with shades of blues, aquas, greens, corals, and cream.
Cyndi Brey says
I got my hands on some outdoor wicker furniture and I’ve spray painted it a light grey. I want to give it a weathered look. Do you think if I layed on dark and white wax I could achieve the look I’m going for?
Hi Cyndi! Yes, that could work. A darker glaze may work really nicely on wicker also.
Liz G says
Denise! I need some advice! I’ve read everyone’s posts but didn’t see quite the question I have for you! I have this beautiful French Provincial bedroom suite I’m re-doing myself . I’ve sanded the top down to The natural wood (which was beautiful!) and then applied “the Minwax “provincial “ wood stain with a layer also of “classic grey” minwax wood stain on top. It’s dried and it is just too dark. Do you think idoing a white wash with ASCP old white on top would be best option to lighten it up or using white wax or do I need to just resand it down again and start over with a lighter wood stain color ? The wood just really absorbed the stain more than what I had originally thought and so it’s a lot darker . I can send a picture if that will help – any advice wouldn’t be SO appreciated! Thank u!
Hi Liz! It really depends on which look you would prefer because all the options you mentioned will work. The ASCP old white will give it a more ‘painted’ beachy whitewashed look and the white wax will give it a more finished wood look – however both should lighten it up. That said, if you use the chalk paint, you still have a remaining step of sealing with wax or poly. If it were my dresser, I would test and then if I didn’t like the outcome – then sand and stain again. I hope this helps. And I love FP furn btw… i have a soft spot for it… so have fun. 🙂
Liz G says
Thank you so much for your quick reply! All of your stuff is beautiful by the way ! I white washed it tonight and it definitely lightened it up … but haha i still can’t decide whether to keep it or just sand it back down. I also am going to have to be able to match the rest of the pieces with whatever I decide . So we’ll see … fingers crossed. I’m going to see how it look at in the morning 😉 thank you again! Have you ever used the weathered oak minwax stain – I was wondering if I sand it back down to the natural wood- would I restrain it with a lighter stain or would you recommend just using white wax on it ? I just don’t want it to be too light but I don’t care so much for that “painted “ beachy look like you were saying( which it look a like now kind of).
If the whitewash is a little harsh, it might look good if you sand it back a bit…just a thought. I’ve never used Minwax Weathered Oak but I have used Classic Gray which gave it a really nice weathered look so I’d bet the weathered oak would be beautiful. Keep fiddling with it until your happy Liz. We look at our furniture day in and day out so you might as well be happy with the finish even if it takes you an extra couple of days. 🙂
You certainly did a magnificent job! Bravo!
Thanks so much Heather
Saskia Vaughan says
I am finishing an oak table. I will be using the Annie Sloan white wax. Since this is a kitchen table should I put a final finish over the wax. What is best to use.?
Hi Saskia! Wax should always be the very last coat of protection. Feel free to read more here.
Sarah Faye says
Hi Denise! I just came across your work and am so glad I did! I am wanting to refurbish a table and 8 chairs that a friend of mine gave to us. It’s one of those – a wealthy friend gave this Id never have the money to purchase this myself- kinda things. It’s finished in oak. All of our furniture is either painted or espresso. We have a sort of French country look going on in our home. So I wanted to tone the oak color down with a white wash look yet still see the wood grain. I feel like the Annie Sloan White Wax could be the easiest and best option? But after sanding and applying should I add poly? Then add clear wax? We host a small group for church weekly at this table. So it needs to be durable. Any tips?
Hmmm, if you want/need heavy duty protection because it’s a high traffic item, I would suggest a whitewash top coated with poly rather than the wax. https://salvagedinspirations.com/poly-over-wax-or-wax-over-poly/
Renee Jenkins says
I have a dresser I would like to try the top coat as you did for the desk. The wood is tiger. Do you think I can still do it the same?
Hi Renee! If it’s sanded down to raw wood (ie no topcoat) it should work just fine, however, it will look different from this desk restyle because the grain is different. I suggest doing a small test area to see if you like the results before waxing the entire piece.
Jaye Angus says
I’m currently up cycling a pine dining table.
I’ve sanded the top and sides (painting the gorgeous pedestal legs antique white) and love the look of the white wax/lime effect.
Do you know if I would be able to use this wax on pine and achieve a beautiful look ?
Thanks in advance
This white waxing technique will look beautiful on raw sanded pine. Just my two cents. 🙂
Hi Denise,I myself have just refinished a pine Betty Crocker table,However just now getting into this Fun hobby,and learning everyday something new! I have put a coat of sealant wax on the top of the pine and edges with a cherry stain.,Would I be able to still go over the sealant with the wax or do i have to sand it down or a little to get that affect? Just wondering!
Hi Caroline! If I’m reading your question properly, you’re wondering if you can apply a white wax over the existing wax for a similar white wax effect – YES. However, the effect will depend on the grain of you’re pine table. If it’s a smooth grain, then you may not notice the white wax in the crevices. If that’s the case, a sanding might be helpful.
Have you ever used white wax over dark wax to lighten/whiten a piece? I recently chalk painted an antique mantle, applied clear and then dark wax. Overall, I’m happy with the application. It’s even and settles nicely into the carvings. But, it’s a little too brown all over (the paint was white). Would a layer of white wax help to make it a little less muddy? Any tips appreciated!
Hi Pam! I’ve never used both dark and white wax together but I’m sure you CAN. I would test in a small inconspicuous area to make sure you like the outcome. Or seeing as you used clear wax first, you could take some of the ‘dark’ wax off with another coat of clear…works like a charm. Hope this helps. 🙂
Harrison Bowman says
Denise, when I first used Annie Sloan paint and wax, I found the Dark wax to have a familiar petroleum odor. After awhile I realized it smelled a little like charcoal starter fluid. During the process of applying the wax to a table top, I found it to be a but heavy. Not one to be afraid to try things, I got out the charcoal lighter fluid and applied a bit to a rag-wiped over the dark wax and viola, it took it up. I know wiping over an area with a wax saturated rag will redistribute the wax. Just thought I would share.
HI! I love your work it is absolutely beautiful!!! I have a quick beginner DIY question. I just purchased an entryway console table from Wayfair. The picture online showed it as a rustic, distressed grey tone finish…However that is not the case. It definitely is more of a darker/ espresso finish..Can I use the Annie Sloan White Wax over the top of the finished product to give it a distressed look? It has like a grainy textured already would I need to sand it down or anything? It is considered weathered oak. Solid chili pine wood and veneer.
Hi McKayla! If it has a grainy texture to it, the white wax should enhance the grain and lighten the look for sure. And if you find the wax ‘slipping’ off, a light sanding may be helpful. Having said this, I would try a test patch first (in an inconspicuous area) to make sure it’s the look you’re after. Hope this helps. 🙂
Andrea Owens Schnapp says
I have a kitchen table made from cypress. It has polyurethane on it, but the color of the wood has turned a little yellow. I was thinking about liming it with Annie Sloans wax, which I have used before, but I’m a bit hesitant. Cypress doesn’t have a lot of grain to it so I don’t know if the wax would have any effect. I don’t want a big white wash look because it wouldn’t go with the rest of the room’s furniture, but it needs brightening up and a more current look. What do you think?
Good luck with your blog! I gave up on mine because no one was reading it and it WAS HARD WORK. Plus the technology was a little beyond my ability😬.
The example in this post was used on raw wood therefore the white wax had something to adhere to. My guess (without seeing your table/topcoat) would be that white waxing over the polyurethane finish may have a very subtle effect – possibly not enough to brighten it as you’re hoping. Reason being is if there’s no grain or detailing for the white wax to get-into, you may not notice much of a difference.. but you could always try a small area in an inconspicuous area and see how it works. 🙂 And sorry to hear about your blog Andrea. Blogging is A LOT of work, so thanks for the best wishes. x
Mary Burns says
HI Denise, you are wonderful. I have never seen another answer questions I such detail. I have always just been a worker so I am just starting this hobby and am very nervous. I am going to do this to a drop leaf table. But I have been wanting someone to give me a suggestion on an old secretary I have. I love it and bought it stripped and have just oiled it. It love a pictures I saw with a coco and off white but do not know if it would work on my piece which is not ornate. I wish I could send you a picture but don’t know how on this site. I love your style and would trust your judgement. Thank you for any help you could give me.
Hi Mary! Thanks for the kind words. xo I’m not as fast to respond with my email lately, but you’re more than welcome to send a pic. 🙂
I love what you did on the top of this desk! My boyfriend has a beautiful solid wood kitchen table (well not beautiful right now…) that I really want to redo. It was completely beat up in his college days and has hundreds of similar small dents from dice being thrown high in the air and landing on the table. The top is disgusting from years of beer being spilled and never cleaned up (boys…ugh).
I want to sand it down to the beautiful wood hiding underneath and paint the the farmhouse style legs with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (not sure what color yet). But there are two things that I am worried about:
1) The wood is very light colored (lighter than the wood you used here), so putting white wax on it might make it too light and not look good. Although, I love the look of your desk top here. Do you think I could stain the top a little darker and then put the white wax over it to get a more drift wood kinda look?
2) The dings in the table – I’m not even sure if its possible to sand out these suckers. I’m worried the white wax might just get stuck in the dings and end up looking terrible…
Any thoughts or advice? If you have any other ideas for what I could do with it, I’d LOVE to know your ideas 🙂
Hi Kelsey! This sounds like a fun project. Yes, the table can be sanded, stained and then white waxed. And depending on the look you’re after, I think those ‘dings’ highlighted with wax will look amazing! It can really give a piece a lot of character. And in this case, sentimental college day memories. Your boyfriend will love you for it! 😉
Francisco Cano says
Os agradezco las explicaciones, claras y concisas para estas creaciones, en otras ocasiones dudas y no tienes la ideas claras y cuando te pones con el proceso claro no funciona o no funciona todo lo bien que desearía, muchas gracias
Gracias Francisco! 🙂
I love this look! What would you suggest for wood paneled walls? I am contemplating a white/gray wash. I love the woodgrain look but desperately need to lighten my room up. How can I highlight the woodgrain, yet have a new color? Thanks for your input!
Hi there Jill…thank you. 🙂 A nice white wash on wood panel walls can look amazing. The wash is super fast and easy to apply and will accentuate the grain while lightening things up considerably.
Hi, Can the Annie Sloan white wax be used to lime a hardwood floor? Would it hold up without any additional products on top to seal it in? Would it dry completely, or remain “waxy” causing it to hold onto dirt from foot traffic? My floors have a matte varnish and a rustic hand scraped texture. I do not want to sand them, I would need to apply directly over the matte varnish. Thanks!
Hi Cinde! I know a ‘lime affect’ on hardwood floors can be achieved using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint – then protecting it with her durable Lacquer. However, I’ve never heard of using her wax products on floors. You may want to contact an Annie Sloan Stockist in your area. Possibly they’ve heard of someone trying this – and they may be able to give you some more info!
Lovely. I like all These things. But i`ve got a Problem with a small piece of furniture painted in Annie´s graphite. Somebody told me to get a special effect waxing it with a black wax. But I can´ t manage to get it exactly and perfectly on it, because whenever I start with my brush there are darker shapes than going on forward. I can´t p0lish it perfectly, because it´ s not smooth enough. Hope you understand because I´m from Germany and sometimes don´t understand everything you write. johanna
Hi there Johanna! When you apply wax, (whether using black wax or clear wax) your graphite will get darker where the wax is applied. This is normal. Your graphite chalk paint SHOULD absorb the wax and get a darker/richer tone. And the trick to getting a nice even finish and sheen is to apply the wax very thin. A little goes a long way. When you buff it off, you should be feeling no drag on your cloth. Once it’s all buffed nicely, the clothe will slide silky smooth. I hope I understood your question and this helps. If not, feel free to email me or leave another comment. x
If you apply clear wax and polish off ,you will remove some of the dark and get the finish you are wanting.
I have used white wax over Annie Sloan graphite — it is fabulous — looks like stone. I did it to try it and it looks awesome — now I have done 2 other pieces of furniture with that same finish for my friends and neighbours!
I have a question! I recently scored a Henry Link chest of drawers from the curb! I painted with grey Olympic paint+primer, interior eggshell enamel. Can I used wax over this? It was something I had not considered until after I started painting. Thanks!
BTW, your work is beautiful and inspiring!
Nice score Ashley! And you sure can. 🙂
I love it! I’m actually wanting to do this on a table but my question is can you use polycrylic over the wax? Since its a table top I want a bit more of a durable surface.
Unfortunately not Angeluque. Poly should not be applied over a waxed finish.
Is there a way to add durability over this for a table top? I love the look of aged/ worn dining tables, but would want to make sure it could take a beating.
Wax is very forgiving but does need a little extra care via placemats, coasters, and eventually reapplication. If a harder topcoat is your preference, you can get a similiar aged/worn washed looked using a wash or glaze, and then use a few coats of poly to topcoat.
Beautiful. Could you add any type of paint to clear wax?
Thanks Brenda! Here’s a tutorial on How I Tint My Wax.
Wow, that looks amazing. I have some coffee tables to refurbish and this would be perfect on the top. I already have a tin of white wax waiting to do some work with. Thank you!
Wow I have never thought to use white wax on a dresser / desk top. I love the rustic result it gave you. I will be trying this out on my next DIY project, I have an older dresser that needs some love and repurposing. xx Ari xx
Have fun with your project Ari! x
Beautiful desk! Just curious as to why you used latex paint for the desk and not chalk paint. Do you have a link for how you paint pieces with latex? Thanks!
Thanks Wendy! I don’t use chalk paint for all my pieces. My choice of paint depends on what the furniture is ‘calling’ for, or what paint/colors I have in stock. For this particular desk, I thought SW Extra White was the perfect white to match with the limed wood top. I use Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel which is a super strong and durable acrylic latex – great for furniture! No different than painting with chalk paint, other than a light sanding to the furniture prior to applying the first coat. 🙂
Looks fabulous!! I love this look!
Thank you Ashlyn! 🙂
Mariele Storm says
So beautiful, Denise!! It really adds so much more than a simple stain or paint job. 😀 The empty drawer space turned cubby was a real stroke of genius! The finished piece looks like it belongs to some other time period. :]
Now I’m wondering – I really like the look of grey weathered wood, and of whitewashed wood. Do you think it would be possible to get a grey limed look (with paint, not wax) with soft white washing over it? I’m probably just dreaming again. 😀 Great job, can’t wait to see what you do next!!
Hey Zovesta… I mean Mariele ;)…. what a beautiful name! Yes! Using a whitewash technique but using a grey paint instead of white looks amazing. I’d like to try it on an upcoming project too. 🙂
Mariele Storm says
Oops, haha! I use my real name for college stuff and my fake name for blogs, guess I forgot, lol! Thanks. 😀 And thanks for the info!
ahhh-haaa! Well I’ll answer back with whichever name you choose to leave your comment… but I have to admit, I like knowing you’re Mariele. 😀
At Rivercrest Cottage says
Can hardly believe it is the same desk! That wax looks good enough to eat. Will be trying this in the near future.
Thanks Sugar! …and it looks good enough to eat until you smell it. 😉 On a serious note – love your tribute to Sweet Dee. <3
Bee-u-ti-ful! Must try that white wax. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece.
Thanks MJ… and if you give the AS White Wax a try, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂
Mary Vitullo says
Beautiful transformation Denise. I’ve been seeing so many great projects with the Annie Sloan white and black waxes. Just curious about the drying time. Is it comparable to the clear wax?
Thanks Mary! And I found the white wax exactly the same as the clear – the consistency, application, dry time…everything. 🙂 Loved reading your feature on The Painted Bench today btw. 🙂
Jackie Greenwood says
This is beautiful Denise. I wonder if it would work if you tinted clear wax with white paint? I love how smooth and pretty this came out. You always do such beautiful work!
Thanks Jackie and yes it would! I’ve custom tinted wax many times. 🙂
Thanks so much I would have never thought to add this to “wood” for this affect!! Great job and it matches the bottom half so perfectly.
I saw for the first time this weekend (Annie Sloan) how white wax looks over paint, and I just loved the look of it!! So cool, and the way the details come out from the piece of furniture.
I really like the look of white waxed pieces too Julie… it really softens and highlights painted pieces (and wood) beautifully! 🙂
Rosie Walsh says
Wanted to say I always smile when I see an email from you. Thank you for introducing me to the white wax. I have a very good quality wicker chair with a natural finish. This might be the perfect product for adding some oomph to it. I’ll take the ottoman to my AS stockist and get their opinion too.
Brilliant idea to bring it into your AS stockist – they can check out the existing finish (if there is one) to ensure the wax is compatible.. but ohhhh my Rosie, I think that would be a stunning project!
Christina in FL says
WOWOWOW Denise!!! LOVE the lime wax look!! Very soft. Thank you for all the tips about adding more white via brushing, etc. I have saved this post because I don’t have anything (yet) to try this with. Thank you for the details. 🙂
This piece looks… okay, it looks stunning. Truly stunning.
lol…you’re too cute Christina!!! Thank you so much 🙂 🙂 🙂
Oh wow. This is absolutely STUNNING !!
Could this be done on a recently stained but not top coated surface ? Had I seen this before I sanded and restainted 2 table tops- I most definitely would have tried this. Thanks for sharing ?
Most definitely Maria… so long as the stain is 100% dry. 🙂
I love this piece (and this is my first ever comment on a blog!) lol quick question, I have a vanity that I’ve just started a redo on, could I tint clear wax white to get a similar result?
Hi Kelly and welcome! It’s an honor to have your first ever comment here on the SI Blog… yaaaaay! And YES! I custom tint my own wax all the time. And before Annie Sloan had this new product, even she suggested adding her white chalk paint to her clear wax to create a white. 🙂
She turned out beautiful! A true masterpiece. I’m in love ?
Thanks Mary- Louise – I’m really please how nicely she cleaned up too! 😉
This is so lovely. You slayed it! Again, thanks for the tutorial, keep ’em coming.
haha…instead of Buffy and vampires… I’m Denise – The Furniture Slayer…lol…bad joke but it made me laugh. 😉
Absolutely Beautiful Denise! <3 <3 <3 it 🙂 I had no doubt that you were going to turn this 'diamond in the rough' into a polished jewel. So happy you shared, I was looking forward to seeing the transformation. Happy Painting!
Thanks so much Annie and happy painting to you too! x
I was wondering how I would purchase one of your items? Do you have an online store?
Aside from clients custom piece, I still sell most of my furniture online via craigslist/kijiji. Feel free to email me anytime if you’re interested in a particular piece Ish 🙂
Just perfect!!! I love how you are able to take broken ugly ducklings and make into a beautiful swans with such style and grace. You and your MM make a great team 🙂
Thanks Josie… and I’ll be sure to pass this compliment on to MMM! It will keep him inspired to keep an eye out for these ugly duckling. 😉
Carole Atkins says
I knew you would do something special with this piece 🙂 Lovely!
Thanks Carole! I thought of you while I was painting this piece because I was originally thinking of some sort of french stencil.
A beautifully finished piece of furniture as always Denise. I’m in love with the limed wood. You make it sound quite simple to do and I can’t wait to try it on one of my future re-do pieces.
Thanks Monique! It took a little time to strip everything off and reveal this desk top – the the actual liming – super easy to do! If/when you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out for you. 🙂
Denise, Would any of this wax technique for a black piece of furniture? I don’t mind the black showing through a little but would like to lighten the piece up without painting it a light color and then waxing? Any suggestions? Thanks!
Kathy, I’ve seen white wax over dark charcoal grey and it’s quite stunning so it may be worth a try! It will lighten the black, however I would test in a small inconspicuous area to make sure its what you like.