Easiest Furniture “Glazing” & Antiquing Ever!

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We’ve had a lot of questions of late about refinishing furniture. First, let me just say, we love your questions. Like big-puffy-heart love. icon smile Easiest Furniture Glazing & Antiquing Ever!

Second we are not professionals like Marian or Shaunna. But we have refinished a few of our own pieces. And after refinishing and glazing our coffee table and hutch, using a mixture of Behr’s Faux Glaze and whatever paint we had on hand, I was more than happy to stumble onto a much simpler and less messy option! (You know since we have no garage or basement to work in).

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(Our blanket box redo, using this technique).

And all you need is 1 (that’s right, just one) product in 2 colours and some thin lint-free rags or cheese cloth. Wanna know what the product is?

Wait for it…


minwax paste Easiest Furniture Glazing & Antiquing Ever!

It’s Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural and also in Special Dark finish!

Now do you want to know how to “glaze” or antique your very own piece?

In 3 easy steps, no less?

Step 1.Paint your piece. Easy peasy, right? Use any colour you like. Some of our favourites are Behr Swiss Coffee and Annie Sloan Old White. We also stained the top of this piece with Minwax Special Walnut.

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Step 2. Wax the whole piece with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural. This totally makes the next step easier. Typically this is done by grabbing a teaspoon full of wax and wrapping it into the rag or cheesecloth. Then by buffing in a circular motion, the paste wax pushes out through the cloth creating a nice even layer.

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Step 3. Use your index finger wrapped in a clean cloth, dab on a little bit of Special Dark and accentuate the edges and details you want to stand out. Buff to even out and blend in.

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That’s it! You’re done like dinner!

If your piece is a much used piece – like a dining or coffee table – you may want to apply some Minwax Rub-On Poly using a staining pad (for no brush marks) as a precaution. But for a nice antique rustic look the wax will be enough protection.

banquette corner Easiest Furniture Glazing & Antiquing Ever!

What do you think? You could do this, couldn’t you? Any pieces pop into mind? Do share!

P.S. We weren’t paid or even perked to write this post. We just loved the finish the Minwax gave us and thought you’d love it too! ‘Cause we’re nice like that! icon smile Easiest Furniture Glazing & Antiquing Ever!

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  1. says

    This is a great technique for sure…if I could make one suggestion and that is to use a wax like one from CC Caldwell or another brand that is natural and non toxic (note the warning on the front of the minwax can) also,I like to beat the wood up alot before I stain and wax mine..makes a cool old wood finsh ;)

    • aka design says

      I just recently tried Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax – both non toxic – AND TOTALLY FABULOUS! So I hear ya! Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. Valerie says

    Looks sooo much easier then glaze. I just finished painting (OIL BASED PAINT) an antique serpentine dresser and am afraid to do the glaze step. Do you think the wax will work on my piece?

    • aka design says

      It probably would…minwax is made for oil based stain. Just read the label and/or test it on a not visible spot. Let us know how it turns out!

  3. Betty Whatley says

    Love the Miniwax. I have tried all of Annie Sloans wax and it is great, but have tried some other kind that cost only $11.00 a can and it was great, especially hte clear wax. It had oil in it and did a great job and had a great finish. Thaks and please add me to your email list. Your chest or trunk was great looking and thanks for sharing.
    Betty Whatley

    • Christie W says

      I have some Annie Sloan chalk paint and dark wax, and wondered if anyone had ever tried to antique or glaze anything with her dark wax – like rubbing it over a piece that was painted with paint other than ASCP? I know the other waxes (like Minwax) are cheaper, but I have this big can of AS wax. Suggestions??
      Thank you – great blog!!

  4. Gloria Beverburg says

    Thank you for the simple instructions. For those of us who are not so crafty it is such a joy to meet people like yourselves that are so darn smart. Thanks again. Gloria

  5. Jennie Lynn says

    FINALLY! An actual easy step-by-step! Every other one I read gives me a personal account of every darn thing EXCEPT how to use the light and dark wax in conjunction! Bless you!!!

  6. Patty says

    I will be using this for my old kitchen cabinets. They have been painted black for many years and I’m going to a sage green, but wanted to glaze them, so I’m thinking this will be perfect:) Thanks!!

  7. Mari Holihan says

    How do you dust/clean the furniture with this finish. I use a lemon oil on all furniture 2 to 3 times a year and in between use a microfiber cloth. I would love to use this chalk paint on bedroom furniture but not sure how to clean…dust, etc?


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