How To Wax Furniture

Hey guys! I am back with my “How I wax furniture” tips & tricks post. I get so many questions on how I wax my furniture pieces. I wanted to share with you how I wax my pieces with clear wax {I will do a blog post & video using dark wax later}. One of my main tips is to find what works best for you. I love trying new ways & seeing the results I get. First of al,l waxing is my favorite way of sealing my furniture pieces because of the natural & durable finish it gives the pieces. The natural luster really goes along with the style of furniture I do. I choose to use the Annie Sloan Soft wax because it’s so easy to work with. Just like the name suggests it’s super soft, easy to apply, easy to buff off, & leaves the furniture with a lasting finish that I can be happy with. As you can see in the photo below, the wax gives your paint a richer tone & really highlights the distressing of the piece…

Steps I use with the Annie Sloan Clear Wax:

1. Choose your tool: I like applying with a brush, but you can apply the wax to the piece using a lint free cloth such as cheese cloth, old t-shirts, or drop cloth pieces.

2. Scoop wax in a disposable container such as a bowl, paper plate, or anything you have on hand.

3. Get some wax on your brush or cloth. A LITTLE GOES A VERY LONG WAY. Brush the wax onto the furniture piece in small sections making sure that area does not dry before you come back and buff it off.

4. Use a lint free rag to buff off the excess wax. Really work it into your furniture piece making sure it’s completely buffed in so that it doesn’t dry tacky & leaves you with a very durable finish on your furniture piece.

5. After the wax is dry {doesn’t feel tacky} You can choose to distress your piece now using sandpaper. After you have distressed you can be done with your piece. Or you can apply a second layer of wax the same way you did your first layer.

6. After you have applied your last layer of wax & it is dry, you can choose to buff the piece even more. The more you buff, the smoother & shinier the piece will become.

7. Allow wax to cure for 24-36 hours before placing anything on the piece or really putting the piece into action.

8. To clean your brush different things may work depending on the tool you use, but try some mineral spirits & some warm soapy water to clean all of the waxy product off the bristles. You can soak the brush in oil {vegetable oil exd} & then wash with warm soapy water. Again, you will find what works best for you.

I made this quick video for you guys to see how I wax furniture. It was a hot, rainy, and humid day here in NC so don’t mind my crazy hair & the fact that I’m sweating without hardly moving… hey it happens ;) I can’t wait for fall to finally come to the south…

You can see more pictures of this coffee table {here}
I hope these tips & tricks answered some of your questions that you had on how to wax furniture. If you have any more questions, please leave them below & I will update this post with the answers that I have. If you have any tips & tricks of your own, leave them below or on the facebook page {here} as well!

Talk to you soon..
Liz Marie

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  1. There’s no sound on my iPad:( but thanks for posting your tips(:

    • O no! Yah, everything covered in the video except for the demonstration is covered a little bit in the post. I hope it gave you a little insight on waxing furniture :)

      xx Liz Marie

  2. Thanks for the tutorial. I used my ASCP for the first time yesterday, and did a coat of clear wax, but I didn’t buff it! Oops! Hopefully I can buff it this evening???

    • I hope you loved the ASCP as much as me Wendy! Yes.. You should try it.. How did the wax dry? Does it feel tacky? If not.. you should be good!! Let me know how it works out.

  3. Maggi Barth says:

    I read recently that wax brushes can also be cleaned with Dawn dish detergent!

  4. Jessica Still says:

    Thanks for the video! I’m just getting to use wax for the first time! In case you’re interested, I find the music a little distracting. :-)

    • Awesome!! I’m glad you found it helpful!! Have fun waxing.. & yes, I put music on this one because it was raining that day & there were loud vehicles so I tried to mask all the noise.. I will try to film on a more quiet day :) Thanks for the input, it’s very helpful!

  5. Thanks for sharing these tips! We don’t have a great range of waxes in Australia, but I’m sure the same technique applies!

  6. Thanks for the great tips. I haven’t tried wax yet, but when I do, I will refer back to this.


  7. I enjoyed your video and tips and your table came out really well!

  8. You are seriously the cutest! I love your tutorial. I have yet to try chalk paint or wax, but it’s been on my list! Now I’m really anxious to dive in. Pinning this :)

  9. I found a tutorial to making chalk paint at home. It’s worked great, but I did need to use 3 coats. Do you have to use more than 1 coat with ASCP? I don’t particularly like the price, but it’d be worth it if you don’t get bleed through :)

  10. Great tutorial…thanks for sharing! I have the ASCP waxing brush and I love it. After watching your video though, I think I go a little heavy on my waxing so I’m going to try to lighten up a bit. You know the saying ~ less is more! :) Thanks for sharing! Blessings ~ Judy

  11. Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve only used the dark wax, but I’m anxious to start a new project and try the clear wax. I look forward to a tutorial on the dark wax as I probably applied too much trying to get the look I wanted.

  12. What a great video! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and inspiring others. I’m bookmarking this and will be referring back when I’m ready to try waxing. Love your blog!

  13. Thanks for the tips! You make it look so easy! The finish is spectacular; you have inspired me to start on yet another project! Not sure my husband would be too happy to hear that though. ;)

  14. Thanks so much for the tips. I painted a cabinet and a table in the summer with ASCP, but have yet to wax them. I have a break from school next week and waxing is at the top of the list. Now I know what to do.

  15. Can you use Annie Sloan wax over other types of paint such as latex, spray paint, etc.?


  16. Love your waxing tips and great tutorial video.

  17. Randi Livengood says:

    HI! I was wondering if you’ve ever distressed metal furniture/surfaces? Or heard of anyone doing it? My husband and I are renovating an old building with an old fireplace mantel that has been painted white several times, we have scraped away the paint in a tiny spot to see what was underneath and we believe it is possibly cast iron (the home was built around the turn of the century) anyway I love the shabby chic look of mostly white w/some worn areas and was wondering w/paint or wax or whatever methods you may suggest if possible to achieve that look. Any advice would be much appreciated!!


  18. You say waxing is durable. Would it be durable enough on say a dining room or kitchen table?

  19. Jennifer says:

    Hi, love your blog! I rececntly finished a dresser that I painted with latex and distressed and am loving the look as is, but I will be using for a nightstand as well as moving around a lot, so I am thinking that I need to protect it. I have been looking around online trying to fine pros and cons of wax vs poly and have found a few very helpful things. The main concern that was raised after all my research on the wax was that people said wax can often never truly cure and will show scratches and things of that nature pretty fast…which I am definitely concerned with since this will be a nightstand getting quite a bit of use. Thoughts? Thanks so much!

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  21. We have been working with the ascp (old white). We painted a coffee table and a chest of drawers. We are having a hard time getting a nice even finish with the wax. We put it on very light with no excess using cheese cloth. I have buffed it extensively with no luck. Some parts are super shiny and others are not. I did 3 coats of wax on the coffee table a day apart for each coat. Any ideas?

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