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Liming with Chalk Paint® White Wax

April 3, 2017

Today I’m going to teach you how to create a Limed Wood Finish with Annie Sloan’s White Wax. I love how it gives a beachy look to the lighter Chalk Paint® palette but did you know you can use it directly on raw or unfinished wood for a limed effect?

In an earlier post, I showed you how to use a Color Wash to create a limed effect. Both Liming with White Wax and Color Wash will give a similar look to raw wood, but I think using Annie’s White Wax is easier.

Here’s what you will need:

Chalk Paint® White Wax
Paint Stripper to strip or Sandpaper to Sand off finish (if the piece is painted)
Wax Brush or Soft Cloth to apply the wax
Soft Cloth to buff
If you are starting with raw or unpainted wood, then you only need to make sure that the surface is clean and free from grease or stains. A light sanding will bring out the grain, but this is an optional step.

If you are liming a piece that has previously been painted, then there are a few more steps involved – basically, you will need to strip or sand down to the original finish so that you can see the wood grain.

Once to wood is clean and ready, with a soft cloth or wax brush (I use Annie’s Wax Brushes), push the White Wax into the grain, making sure to get the wax into all the nooks and crannies.

Before the wax dries, wipe off any excess wax with your cloth until the surface is smooth. You might try working on a section at a time so that the wax doesn’t have time to dry.

You can add a second or even third coat of wax if you want more coverage – it’s up to you.

When it has dried, buff, buff, buff to bring out the shine!

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