What would you say if I told you that white wax created a whitewashed look on an antique dresser in one easy step? I was totally shocked at the results. Read on…
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How To Easily Apply White Wax On Furniture
I thought long and hard before I started this one. This dresser was given to me by a local lady that had been disabled from Lupus. We share the love of making old new again. The day she reached out to me to see if there was something I could do to save it, I was overwhelmed that she wanted to give it to me and I had a hard time taking it without some kind of trade. All she wanted was for it to be beautiful again. It had been sitting in her barn for 10 years and I knew before I even picked it up there would be many issues. The words she spoke to me that day I’ll never forget. “I just know you can make it beautiful again.” It would be a challenge!
Here are the products I used for this makeover.
- Antique Dresser
- Orbital Sander
- 180 grit sandpaper
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Denatured Alcohol and water (1:1 ratio)
- Spray bottle (alcohol and water container)
- soft cotton clothes
- Wagner Heat Gun
- Paint scraper for wood
- Wax Brush
- White Wax (Dixie Belle)
Removing The Old Varnish
First of all, remove the old varnish from the wood to expose the raw wood. I used the Orbital Sander. This made the job quick and easy. I started with 180 grit sandpaper and finished with 220 grit sandpaper. Because the antique dresser had been sitting in a barn exposed extreme temperatures, the finish had become old and almost powdery. Looking back, I pretty sure it was easy because my sweet rescue pup “Bud” was helping me. Furniture licking is a thing you know. 🙂
Removing the Damaged Veneer Before Using White Wax
Now the hard part. This is where Bud took a nap and I called in the big guns for some help. Thanks to Mr. Honey Do for rescuing me because I get stuck from time to time. It seems like the right thing to do. *wink
We used a heat gun to loosen up the veneer and the rest was just sheer muscle work. A hammer and a paint scraper were used to pry the veneer away from the top of the dresser. It always amazes me that they cover up beautiful wood with veneer. Whew! Now for the fun part… white wax!
Applying White Wax
Most importantly, before applying white wax, clean the raw wood with a 50/50 solution of denatured alcohol and water, because a dirty piece of furniture and white wax don’t mix well. For that reason, I carefully clean it first.
The next part of the makeover was so quick and easy it blew my mind! With long strokes working with the wood grain. I applied a thin, even layer of the white wax with the wax brush over the raw wood making sure to work it in all the cracks and gaps. Again, I used long smooth strokes to ensure even coverage.
I allowed the white wax to dry for about 30 minutes and buffed with a soft white cloth. The preparation of the wood was the hardest part of this makeover. Look how gorgeous this is!
White Wax Instead Of Whitewash
Did ya see what I did to the broken mirror harp? I added w wood backing and I couldn’t be more happy with the results. CLICK HERE to see how I did it. I hope this has inspired you to try white wax on your furniture makeovers. I’ll never use that messy whitewash again. I like EASY PEASY! What do you think about this makeover? I’d love to hear what you think of the white wax on raw wood. Drop me a comment below. 🙂
Until the next project…