Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My New Favorite Furniture Wax~Before & After



I bought this antique pine cabinet many years ago and have used it in numerous homes.  The piece is from the early 1800's and probably from Scandanavia.   For years I have thought about painting or white washing it but just couldn't get up the courage to do it.



The other day I decided since this cabinet will probably always have a place in our home so why not go ahead and make changes.  Why live with something you like but not necessary love?

After looking at many paint treatments on Pinterest and researching options I decided to try Liming Wax.  It was super easy to apply and I love the new look.  The change is subtle but tones down the orange of the pine and fits better with our coastal style.





31 comments:

Rita C. said...

Sherry, that really looks great. Aren't you glad you got your nerve up? That's a nice alternative to paint!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I really like how it looks Sherry. I have a couple of pieces that are very old and I am afraid to try doing something with them. But, this looks wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Mary

PattyM said...

I have the same - or at least a very similar - cabinet (not an antique but it's made from reclaimed pine). I never really loved the piece and even talked to the store I purchased it from about a "trade in." I ended up painting mine in white chalk paint with a tiny edge of gold leaf around the top. It's better but I like your cabinet more. I looked into liming but thought the pine was not porous enough to hold the shading. Thanks for the inspiration.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a pretty cabinet Sherry...I LOVE the look the limimg wax gave it!! I would love to try it on our oak stair railing.

Sooner Laura said...

Lovely transformation! I like it so much better. Who would have thought that such a subtle difference would have such impact? I would have hated to paint such a piece too, but this is perfect.

LL from KS said...

I love the new look! I believe that you should love everything in your home, so I never hesitate to paint or stain or alter any piece to my likings. I think it looks just perfect with your other furnishings! Way to go!

Junkchiccottage said...

Great going Sherry. The piece looks so pretty.
I have never heard of liming wax so thanks for the info and to see how it works. Very pretty.
Kris

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh how pretty! Now I can't wait to see the results on a painted piece!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sherry,
I have a piece of furniture that I would love to try this on, so thank you for sharing this info. It looks GREAT!

Blessings,
Linda

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Sherry, what a perfect solution! I love it and now I have heard of yet something else that is out there!

Carol

Pamela Bolton said...

Beautiful. I limed our antique English oak dining room table last year and love it. This year we are installing limed oak engineered floors in the living room and bedrooms.

Gina said...

It looks great, Sherry! Good call, I love how it turned out.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love that look!!!..I can't wait to try it out!...and looking forward to seeing what it does on a painted piece!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

I've white washed several pieces in my home Sherry including our pine paneled walls but this looks so interesting. Must try it and I love how your piece turned out. Whitewashing over pine is a favorite of mine.

lala said...

Love the new look. I have an armoire that is the same color wood as your cabinet and have also been toying with the idea of painting it, but could never do it. After seeing your results, I am definitely going the lime wax route - even my DH likes it!!! I had not heard of this product before - THANK YOU so much for sharing it!!!!

Denise Stain said...

It looks really great! I've never heard of liming wax but thinking maybe I'd like to give it a whirl on something now :)

Deserae said...

It turned out so beautiful....I love it!!!!
~Des

Gigi Harlan said...

It's crazy that you got such beautiful results with only a wax! I am amazed! Thank you for sharing your find.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Very interesting, Sherry! I've never even heard of liming wax. I actually have a huge armoire that could probably stand a good waxing with it, although my family would have a fit! I really like how yours turned out!
xo Kathleen

Vel Criste said...

I never knew you could achieve this kind of look with wax?! Thanks for this info Sherry!

Kelly said...

Oh I love that! I'm a big fan of Bri Wax. I've used it before on some of my pine pieces. I could've used that lime wax on my coffee table top before painting it. Hmmmm......too bad I didn't do that. I love the look of it.

Miss Kitty said...

I always wondered how antiques got that look! I love it! Thanks for sharing about liming wax...I have never heard of it before. Does it give a white cast to painted pieces?

FoxandFinch said...

It looks very nice, very French, actually, with the lime wax. And the beautiful thing about wax is that it can be removed if you ever change your mind.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

LOVE this!! You had us curious when we saw "Liming Wax" so guess what? Now we are heading over to amazon...lol!! Can't wait to see it on painted things as well...oh the fun :)

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

I love the way it turned out!
Thank you for the welcome back :)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Wow,
Who would think wax could do all that! It looks lovely and does
go better with you coastal look,
course, I didn't think it looked
bad before either, just is a nice
change, and it gives it a more weathered look I think,
Blessings, and thanks for sharing it with us, Nellie

Denise Marie said...

it is perfect!

must love junk said...

Oh, I just love the change!! Subtle but makes a great impact! :)
Susan

Becca said...

Beautiful, subtle transformation, Sherry! Your vision paid off! Hmmm, I wonder what piece you'll do next ... can't wait to see!

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Sherry I think you found the perfect alternative. Plus I think you given me the answer I need to an old hutch that I had "professional" dipped/stripped years ago. Unfortunately the stripping opened up the oak grain to such a large degree I just didn't know how to finish the piece. Over the years the grain as pulled in, but still would require too much sanding to finish well. I think the liming wax would be a great idea. At the very least...I don't have anything to lose! Well except my time and elbow grease! :)

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Stacey Merrill said...

Wow! Great transformation. Can you use liming wax over a pine piece that has a clear lacquer? I've not heard of this wax before but will be looking into it.