How to Apply Antiquing Wax

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials21 Comments

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let everyone know I’ll be listing a few new items in the online shop Thursday night (July 28) at 8:00 pm EST.  You can see the items that are “coming soon” and a few more will be added tomorrow.

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I am always in a blue & white mood.  I have to work to step away from that color palette, but sometimes it just needs to be done!  I’ve been feeling a red piece coming on for a while now and this antique Eastlake-style oak dresser seemed like a good candidate.

I painted it in Tricycle, which is the red in the MMS Milk Paint line.  It really is the perfect red.

While we’re talking about reds…  If you’ve ever mixed Tricycle, you know it seems like it’s never going to come together!  Those red pigments resist the water and just float on top, but they will eventually soak up the water and you’ll get a nice mix.

I painted it in two coats in order to get full coverage and then distressed it with 100 grit paper and a fine grit sanding sponge.  I like to alternate between the two, so I get a nice mix of wear on the piece.

If you’re new to distressing, you can check out my post on tips & techniques for distressing furniture HERE.

I then vacuumed and wiped down the surface to remove all of the dust created by the distressing.

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I do like leaving some milk-painted pieces unfinished, but I think the darker colors really need a finish to bring out their richness.

And I love the way Antiquing Wax looks over those dark, rich colors.  It adds so much depth to the finish.

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I apply the Antiquing Wax with a large wax brush, which is a good investment if you plan to do a lot of finishing.  If you’re just finishing a piece or two, you can use an old, bushy paint brush or a cloth.

Here’s a video showing the process…

Anyway, as I showed in the video, brush on the Antiquing Wax, spreading it out in a circular motion.  Make sure to work it into all of the nooks and crannies and carved details of the piece.  That’s where the Antiquing Wax can really come to life.  Wipe away the excess and buff the finish with a cloth.  I’ve grown to like using microfiber cloths for buffing wax, because they don’t leave any lint.

Once the finish is buffed, it shouldn’t feel sticky or tacky.  If it does, you have applied too much and need to continue wiping off the excess wax.

You can use the piece right away, but the paint and wax will not be fully cured for 30 days.  That means you need to be gentle with it, don’t allow water to sit on the finish, etc.

Here’s a preview of the piece…

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I’ll share the full reveal soon…

How to Apply Antiquing Wax

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21 Comments on “How to Apply Antiquing Wax”

  1. It is beautiful. I have a question…with another paint line, I am not naming names…I was instructed to put clear wax on first and then apply antique wax. I think it was something about the paint being stained by the dark color. It looks like this isn’t the case with your paint, correct? Thank you so much. I love the antique wax look, I have had mixed results, I appreciate the video.

  2. I would suggest that for lighter colors or if you want a more subtle look. For dark colors, I just apply it straight on.

  3. I’m curious…is it possible to use tough coat over antiquing wax? Like if I wanted to use antiquing wax to add a patina, but also want the durability of tough coat.

  4. Beautiful piece! I just gifted a package of Tricycle to a friend who wants to paint an old oak chest, so I sent her your tutorial to give her some confidence to paint her first piece of furniture! She’s going to have so much fun!

  5. I’ve been checking out the “coming soon” items for your sale tonight. Where did the quilt go? I’ve been waiting and waiting for you to list some quilts and had my heart set on it! 🙁

    1. I’m sorry, but someone local purchased it. 🙁 I will be looking for more quilts, though, and may have one or two from my house to list.

  6. I have been waiting to see the Tricycle up close. I love red!!!! Now that I’ve seen it, I have to find the perfect piece to paint! You’ll be sending me some MMS milk paint as soon as I do!!! Thank you!

  7. Oh my goodness! Tricycle has always been one of my favorite milk paint colors and it’s just gorgeous on this dresser!!! Especially love the antique brass hardware with it. One of my favorite pieces of yours (I don’t even need to see the rest of it to know that)

  8. I just got some Bakelite silverware from your store!!!! Thank you so much!! It’s so amazing what thrills me anymore. Lol. Thanks for the waxing tutorial too! Miriam you rock!

  9. Wow! I’m not usually a fan of red, except in very specific things, but this dresser is gorgeous! The hardware gives it such a rich look, too. I’m really quite smitten with it and can imagine using it in my house. Thanks for showing how beautiful it can actually look on a large piece.

  10. Speaking of wax, I just used your wax for the first time, I painted upholstery on a wing back chair with chalk type paint (very diluted) and did the usual steps that are floating around the internet. For the finish, I wanted to wax it to soften it up and protect the low use piece. I tried a couple of waxes on some practice fabric samples and was not satisfied. I thought a really soft absorbent wax would be best and I knew your wax would probably fit the bill. Someone also suggested it to me and I got a 7 oz. jar (probably used one ounce max). I applied it VERY lightly with a wax brush and it worked great. I put two coats on the portions that anyone might touch. The chair looks FABULOUS (no ability to post a picture here). The 32 year old chair was in perfect condition, but was VERY faded and was a perfect candidate for painting (although I was very nervous about it). I can’t help but wonder if your milk paint might be used for upholstery too — your wax is definitely a winner. Perhaps some future experimenting and posting for you????

  11. The work you do is awesome! I would like to purchase a jar of your Antiquing Wax, but cannot find it on your site. Can you please direct me as to where I can find and purchase this product? Thank you!
    Jeanne

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