I’ve been working on a couple of projects this week. The first is a saddle stool makeover using Antiquing Wax on Raw Wood and the second is how to age new galvanized metal. I’ll have the galvanized metal post up next week.
Using Antiquing Wax on Raw Wood was about as simple as it gets. This was a fun project with quick results. Here are the before and after pictures.
The stool is about 18 years old and the finish was pretty beat up. You could see the raw wood in some places and I figured it was time to refinish it.
This was one of those projects that can be done in one day. It was super easy with no guess work. Here is the process.
I took the stool outside on my deck to sand. It just makes clean-up so much quicker. An added plus, it was a beautiful sunny day.
Originally, I thought about using Citristrip Gel to remove the old finish, but in the end I decided just to sand it off. If there would have been more detail on the piece or if there was a chance it was a veneer, I would have used wood stripper.
I used my random orbit sander with a 60 grit paper to start. This removed almost the entire finish. I did go back and do the tight spots by hand.
Next, I changed my sanding pad to a 180 grit. Went over the entire stool. Then finally I moved to a 320 grit for the finish.
I vacuumed the stool and wiped it down to remove all the sawdust. Here are a couple of pictures after sanding it.
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Now for the fun part. I used Valspar Antiquing Wax directly on the raw wood. Using an old chip brush I added the wax, making sure to press it into the grain and nicks in the wood. I added it in small sections and then wiped it off with the blue shop towels. I love the way it brought out the dark grain in the wood and will definitely use this finish on other wood projects.
TINTING CLEAR WAX
At this point, I should have left the project alone. The finish was beautiful, but I have been seeing all these amazing furniture makeovers with Liming Wax lately and I wanted to give it a try. So I mixed one teaspoon of Fusion Limestone paint with two teaspoons of clear wax on a paper plate. This part worked out just as planned. Finding Silver Pennies has a good tutorial on how to tint and apply furniture wax here.
Then I applied it to the bottom of the stool to test it out. It worked great, but on this stool, I liked the antique look better.
I decided to remove the white wax before it dried. It came off easily with mineral spirits. If you do decide to remove it, I would do so before it dries. You can also use plain clear wax to remove tinted wax. There is a good video from Fusion Mineral Paint on how to use furniture wax here.
While I did like the overall look of the liming wax, I will save it for another project. For some reason, I though the black grain on this stool looked better.
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I hope this post helped you with your own furniture project. Are you going to give Antiquing Wax a try? Let me know in the comments.