white wax: painted vs. varnished

Last week I picked up my first pot of white wax from Miss Mustard Seed.
I saw a tutorial on how it looked over paint and immediately wanted to try it!
  It gives a much softer look than dark wax, and I loved the white washed look it gave to the surface.

I had two pieces I wanted to try it on- one was a mirror I had painted, and the other was a vintage mohair settee that I didn't want to paint, just slightly update.

For the mirror, I had a gorgeous vintage plaster piece that I painted in Annie Sloan's French Linen.

You can see from the photo here that I just gave it a good one coat of paint.
I wanted to distress it and see how the wax would cover it without 2 coats on the surface.

I should insert here that I opened the pot to get started on this, and smelled it.
I am big on how things smell.
It. is. delicious.
I kept sniffing it and oohing and ahhing.
I kinda felt like the secretary on Ferris Bueller's Day Off who was sniffing the bottle of White Out.

In fact, it was so yummy, I wondered if I could dab a bit on my neck like cream.
I didn't.  
But I wanted to.

The key to the wax is patience.  
The directions say to wait 3-5 minutes after applying before you buff it out, and it really does make a difference.
With all the nooks and crannies on this mirror, I buffed it with a cotton rag, but then also went back with my application brush and smoothed some of the clumps and then buffed again.

I love the softness it added to the mirror- in addition to a light sanding with a sanding sponge, it gives it a nice washed look.  It looked very Swedish-Country-gray-washed with this combo.
Also, the mirror smelled incredible.  

Next, I went out to the garage and decided to try it on the wood frame of a vintage mohair settee.
 I had picked this up a few months ago for the Deepwood Vintage Market.
It was a very pretty French Provincial style, and was in good shape.  I didn't want to reupholster it because the fabric was still good, and it was neutral.
I debated for awhile on painting the legs cream, but when I saw the wax, I thought this might be a better option!

With all the pretty carved details, I was hoping the wax would slightly wash the wood, and settle into the crevices. 

I didn't prep the wood at all, I just started brushing the creamy wax on.

I did find that it was best to brush in the direction of the wood rather than all over.  Next time I do this application on wood, I'll do a better job.  
Multi directional still settles that way, and it was hard to buff it out once I had done that.

In my rush of show prep, I didn't get a super after shot, so I zoomed in on the detail of the one after picture I have of the settee.

I really love how it filled in the crevices!
Just a simple update to a timeless piece.  It doesn't take away from the classic appearance and gives a little more oomph to the curves.

I can't wait to try it out on more pieces.  
And, for disclosure purposes, I will say that this is my own opinion.  
Nobody paid me or asked me to write this post.  Aunt Bee's House {where I have a space} does sell the Miss Mustard Seed line of paint, but this was of my own doing.

I really love her line of products and I wanted to share my own experience with the white wax!

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Thanks for letting me share my makeovers with you!!

xo Denise

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  1. Your projects turned out beautifully and I love how the wax transformed the wood finish, too!

  2. Love how it turned out. I have to try this wax.


  3. Oh the white wax is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :) Now I want it!

  4. Great job on both pieces. I love, love that mirror!!!


  5. Loving that white wax, girlie! May have to try it! Thanks for sharing my PNW friend! Tee, hee! Happy Wednesday!


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