August 20, 2013

White Wax is Here! "What is it?" you ask...

White Wax is the newest, 'white-hot' finish on the market!

Described as "a fine museum quality wax based on an old family recipe", it is made from beeswax with a little carnauba wax and tinted with a creamy white, perfect for creating a faded, washed or limed look on a piece of painted furniture.  It is easy to apply, provides a durable finish with a beautiful luster and smells so good!  Want to see it in action?  Check out this fantastic tutorial by the lovely Abbe of  All Dolled Up.

Abbe is an MMS Milk Paint retailer, and educator for the Miss Mustard Seed designer milk paint line, so who better to give us all the inside look at this fabulous new product!

Thanks Abbe!
White wax is here! It’s still has the buttery smooth finish we love about the Furniture Wax, but with a soft white pigment, that will give your finishes a soft, muted, white-washed or limed finish.

First of all when you open the tub it looks good enough to eat. (Don’t eat it, though!) Anything that looks like whipped frozen yogurt or cream has to be great on furniture too, right?

I wanted to share with you a way to use White Wax that couples with our favorite uses for Antiquing Wax (read about it here). Today we will bring out the details on your piece by letting the wax settle in the nooks and crannies achieving seamless white detailed work without the headache of hand painting it in.
This solid oak coffee table is cute as can be in Mustard Seed Yellow, but how about softening it up a bit and bringing out some of the details in the skirting under the top? I didn’t want to deepen the yellow at all, so white wax is the perfect solution for keeping it sunny yellow.
The trim detail on this piece is just the perfect way to illustrate how white wax can bring out the detail of a piece, as well as softening the overall hue, but first let’s see how it changes the color on top:

We are creating a white washed effect, the white wax will settle in the wood groves and grain while simultaneously creating a durable seal on your milk paint.  (This works best on a piece with a deep grain in the wood, like oak, or one that has a lot of texture in the surface.)

As you can see, the color is still very much yellow, but the brightness is subdued and the color is creamier.

Now the fun part…just as you would build up age with antiquing wax, we are going to brighten up details with the white wax.

Here is the skirting before the white wax:
Here is the skirting after:
Just let the wax build up in the groves and keep it light on the flat surfaces.
After you have built up the wax in the areas you want highlighted, smooth and work in any excess wax on the flat surface, leaving all the soft white pigments.
Abbe-10 copy
Isn’t that amazing? I love the layers of texture it creates, yet it’s JUST two steps: paint and wax!

Here is a wide shot before and after...

Before white wax:
After white wax:
And all cured and ready to display:
Abbe-9 copy
It creates a soft and subtle finish.
Abbe-7 copy
I really love how the curve in the skirt is highlighted now. This was effortless to achieve!
Abbe-8 copy
And all finished:
Abbe-6 copy
And for a different look: Try softening darker colors with the white wax.

Here is white wax turning Typewriter to a charcoal gray!
ww on black Collage

White Wax can be used on acrylic, chalk/clay paints, flat latex, stained wood, Milk Paint and more.

Available now in-store and online at Apple Box Boutique!

Apple Box Boutique
We'd LOVE it if you shared our blog:


  1. Oh my I need to pay you a visit Leanne and get me some of this stuff - love it!

    1. Me too! We've been so busy since it arrived that you may get around to it before I do. *lol Perhaps a guest blog about it? ~Leanne


Your comments are welcome!

Please Share This