Whitewash or liming or pickling wax. It’s all basically whitewashing over wood with wax.
I’ve adored the look for years. Now I’ve finally made my own whitewash wax. Furthermore, thanks to a reader I also made a red and turquoise wax too! Today, I’m sharing how it made the whitewash wax.
Now I can’t wait to whitewash some projects….and red wash and turquoise wash!!
Here’s the wax I made. The whitewash wax was made last week just after I posted about how to make clear and dark waxes.
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The Step by Step
Remember to create at your own risk.
Place 2 tablespoons of beeswax beads in the top of the melting pot. Place a tealight candle underneath and light the candle. In a small heatproof dish add 3 tablespoons of mineral oil.
Use a craft stick to stir the melting wax. Just as the wax melts, carefully blow out the tealight and remove using potholders or needle nose pliers to grab the hot tealight and remove. Then use potholders carefully pour the hot wax into the dish the mineral oil.
Start stirring with the craft stick. Continue stirring until the wax cools and thickens the oil. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of chalk-based or craft paint. If your wax is too thick add more mineral oil. If it’s too thin melt a bit more melted wax and stir.
When the wax is completely cool store in a container with a seal.
This makes 3 tablespoons of soft wax.
Above is the red wax. I applied some to a corner of this white painted cabinet door. It seems to give a slight tint of pink to the white paint. I left some wax in the corners. It does buff to a shine.
The turquoise wax. The same results as the red. Light tinting of the white paint with a buffed wax shine.
I plan on using these two tinted waxes on boards for signs. Otherwise, I can’t imagine using them on furniture…but you never know!
However, the whitewash wax… adore!!!
I can’t wait to whitewash, lime or pickle…something!
I did make a rustic box and used the turquoise wax, and I adore it.
Let me know if you try this one! 🙂
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