I’m the first to admit that using an all natural ’boutique’ wax like Annie Sloan or CeCe Caldwell’s is heavenly to work with.These waxes are buttery soft which make them very easy to apply and buff. They also provide a beautiful sheen.
For this ease of use, these brand-name waxes sell at a premium price of $30 or more and are only available at selected retail shops.
The same gorgeous wax sheen and protection can be obtained for much less ($10-$14) with a reputable shelf-brand. Minwax Furniture Paste, Johnson Wax, Daddy’s Van or Briwax are all far less expensive and readily available in any hardware store and/or online.
The difference with these waxes… they are usually more dense to work with.
If it’s your first time working with a paste wax, you may find these waxes more dry or crumbly. It may even take a slight learning curve to apply it thin and evenly.
The Solution: Mix Mineral Spirits and Wax for a ‘Buttery’ Application!
Although I’ve heard of many professional furniture re-finisher’s using this method, I had never tried it before. It was Amy, one of our SI readers that e-mailed in and inspired me to give it a go.
[box] Amy writes: I’ve tried 2 versions of a wax finish….. Pure, plain Johnson’s wax which was a pain to buff. Then I found a recipe for 50/50 mineral spirits and wax …. I LOVED this and will stick with it. It went on super fast and just rubbed so easily to a nice finish.[/box]
For my version, I mixed slightly less than Amy. I eyeballed 80% Minwax Furniture Paste to 20% Mineral Spirits and mixed them together on a paper plate. An exact recipe isn’t necessary because every wax will have a slightly different density.
If you’re worried about adding too much, just add the mineral spirits a teaspoon or tablespoon at a time and mix it into your wax. Once the wax is as soft as you’d like, start applying it to your piece.
WORKS LIKE A CHARM!
The wax softens to a smooth buttery consistency (or Crisco lard texture) making it JUST AS EASY to apply and buff as the expensive boutique waxes!
Next time I use a DIY Dark Wax (or purchased) I’m definitely using this tip again. Mixing Mineral Spirits into my Dark Wax will lengthen and extend the “play” time and make it so much easier to apply into all the curved details.
Thanks again Amy for sharing this great tip and inspiring me to give it a try!
If you’d like to check out last weeks Q-T-T you can see it here.
Enjoy your day!