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How to use Liming Wax to Update Furniture

January is always a time for new starts.  The holidays are over, the decorations have come down and I just look around and think…BLAH!  So…

January is always a time for new starts.  The holidays are over, the decorations have come down and I just look around and think…BLAH!  So my theme for January 2023 is “Let the Redecorating Begin!”  What better way to redecorate than by updating tired furniture?  Today, I’m sharing how to transform tired wooden furniture with liming wax!

What is Liming Wax?

Liming wax is a white wax used to protect your finishes and to create a beautiful white-washed finish.  It gives wood the look of being bleached. 

I’m taking a piece of vintage furniture, an old commode cabinet, and will combine liming wax and paint to create a stylish new look.  If you’re experimenting with liming wax, be sure to choose furniture that has a strong wood grain like oak or maple.  This waxing process will really enhance the beauty of the wood’s grain.

I always forget the before picture…here is the cabinet after one round of sanding!

Sand and then Sand AGAIN!

Sanding is the key to achieving the lime-waxed look.  You will want to sand so that all the finish, stain, or paint has been removed and you’re left with raw wood.  I used a combination of an electric hand sander and good ole sandpaper to really get into those nooks and curves.  Always sand furniture outdoors and in a well-ventilated space.

The sanding is complete and all dust wiped off.

Applying the Wax

Liming wax looks like paste and smells a bit medicinal.  My advice is to be sure to wear gloves and remember a little goes a long way.  There are 2 ways to apply the wax.  You can use a wax brush or a clean cloth.  If using a brush, I would still have a cloth on hand to smooth it, spread it to the desired look, and wipe away any excess.  

See how the wax has filled in the wood grain giving it a bleached or driftwood/beachy look.  The liming wax product is enough protection for this piece.  If you were doing this finish on a kitchen table or high-trafficked surface – you may want to add a clear varnish on top for added protection.

The Final Product

As you can see, I painted the drawers, doors, and sides white. If you need any tips on painting oak furniture check out this blog.   

Lastly, I finished the cabinet off with new updated brushed gold hardware.  This piece will be the perfect addition to a kitchen, entryway, bathroom, or bedroom.  With its new look, the possibilities are endless.

I hope you’ll give this furniture update a try.  If you do, be sure to come back and let me know what you think!

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