ANTIQUING WAX | adding instant age to raw wood

Did you know you can use Antiquing Wax as a stain and finish on raw wood?  Well, you can and it looks beautiful.

If you want your new, raw wood to look like it’s “lived a little”, bang and dent it up with some tools, screws, a chain, etc. prior to applying the wax.

how to make new wood look old | miss mustard seed

I tried to be random with the marks, except for clusters of pinholes I made with a nail, meant to look like worm holes.

how to make new wood look old | miss mustard seed

The dents, gouges and holes will give some dimension to the wood and a place for the Antiquing Wax to settle.

I then slathered on some Antiquing Wax.

how to make new wood look old | miss mustard seed

When the excess is wiped away, the Antiquing Wax stays in the dents, dings and “worm holes”, simulating the look of age, wear and patina.  It’s not quite as warm as pine that has been aged over decades, but it’s a great option for instant age.

how to make new wood look old | miss mustard seed

The cool thing about using the Antiquing Wax is that it’s one step.  It’s the technique and the finish all in one.  I only applied one coat, buffed it by hand and then buffed it with a buffing pad on my orbital sander to make it smooth and slightly shiny.  It’s not glossy, but the buffing pad brings out a luster.

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No stinky stain.  No waiting for poly to dry.  Just one coat of Antiquing Wax, a little buffing, and you’ll be eating dinner on it that night.

7 thoughts on “ANTIQUING WAX | adding instant age to raw wood

  1. the uncommon pearl

    Great look and super easy too! I was wondering about the possibility of water stains from cups etc. How durable is the surface? Could a top coat go over this?
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. marian Post author

    I have found the wax to be very durable and it stands up well to water rings, etc. Just like any finish, it can only hand so much sitting water, but I am happy with the performance in my home!

  3. Katiana

    Just came across this on pinterest and I think I found what I want to do with the new dining table my husband had just built…so just curious, I was browsing through your blog/website and you have a tough coat…could that be applied over the wax? Would you recommend it? Thanks

  4. Terra Edwards

    Love this idea! We’re building a farmhouse table and bench and are thinking this would be a great solution instead of staining and sealing with a poly. How do you think this would hold up on a bench? Do you think the dark color would ever rub off on clothing? Thank you!

  5. Laura Keeney

    Can you tell me how this product looks on a sanded oak table finish? Also, what is the “cure” time? I think this might be my solution for my dining room table….

  6. Ashley S

    I’m using the antiquing wax on my sanded down table top. I love how one coat looks but would like to make it darker… your other tutorial says it is a “build-able” finish with thin coats… long do I wait to apply another coat? Does it have to be completely buffed between coats?
    Thanks so much ❤️


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