How To Easily Apply White Wax On Wood Furniture

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

How To Easily Apply White Wax On Wood FurnitureI thought long and hard before I started this one. This dresser was given to me from 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.

Removing The Old Varnish

I carefully removed the damaged veneer and cleaned the wood well before adding the white wax. I'm pretty sure that "Bud" (my rescue) helped by licking. :)The first thing I did was to remove the old varnish from the antique dresser using an Orbital Sander. This made the job quick and easy. I started with a 180 grit sandpaper and finished with a 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

Removing the veneer was hard work, but adding the white wax to the raw wood was easy peasy. Now the hard part. This is where Bud took a nap and I called in for some help. Thanks to Mr Honey Do for rescuing me.

The white wax looked amazing on the raw wood that was under all this veneer. We used a heat gun to loosen up the veneer and the rest was just shear muscle work. A hammer and a paint scraper was 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. 

Applying White Wax

Before I applied the white wax, I cleaned 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.

How to apply white wax for a whitewashed look on raw wood. 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.

I LOVE the way the white wax created a whitewash look on this antique dresser. 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? CLICK HERE to see the full makeover.  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!

Until the next project… xo, Do

18 replies
  1. Val
    Val says:

    Hi Donna, the lady was right to trust you, only you could bring this piece to life again. What a awesome work you did with this dresser. Wish you a wonderful 2019!

  2. Regina
    Regina says:

    Did you use any other products on this piece or only white wax? I’m amazed at this transformation without the use of paint or stain. ?

  3. Donna Dodson
    Donna Dodson says:

    Hi Michelle! Sorry you’re having trouble. I went back and checked them and they’re working for me. Hopefully it was a temporary glitch. Thanks for looking out for me. Happy New Year! 🙂

  4. Kelly Myers
    Kelly Myers says:

    Could this white wax be used over the grout on a fireplace? Ours is black and want it from a gray to white color.

  5. Peg
    Peg says:

    I love your finished product!!

    Did you take all of the laminate off or just the corner piece that was chipped? I have a similar piece of furniture that has a chip on the corner. Not sure how to go about making it smooth before starting this project.

    Thanks for your advice.

  6. Kathy W
    Kathy W says:

    What if anything did you do to the bottom part? Would this also work with dark wood? Tnx.

  7. Donna Dodson
    Donna Dodson says:

    Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by. The bottom was also waxed with the white. This was the finish over the whole piece. You absolutely could do this with Dixie Belle Dark wax. I prefer their waxes because it’s water based and can be painted over later unlike other waxes on the market. Hope this helps. 🙂

    xo, Do

  8. Donna Dodson
    Donna Dodson says:

    Thanks Bliss! She did and I was so blessed to have her generous donation. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fantastic day and happy painting!

    xo, Do 😘

  9. Donna Dodson
    Donna Dodson says:

    Hi Deb! I think you would have to strip the paint and go from there. If you have a great piece, it’s worth a try and I don’t see why not. Let me know how it works out. I’d love to see pics. Best wishes.

    xo, Do

  10. Donna Dodson
    Donna Dodson says:

    Hi Darla! Yes, it’s beautiful over any colored chalk mineral paint. I recently used it over blue and created a washed denim look. I have a video library of all of my finishes including the white wax. If you would like to learn more, I can give you all the details so you don’t miss a step by clicking here. https://bit.ly/2PC82xK

    Happy painting!

    xo, Do

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