Category Archives: Paste Finishing Wax

Restoring an Antique Bench

As much as I enjoy digging through antique shops, I continue to shop online, which is where I found this c.1910 Arts and Crafts stool with fabulous deep carvings.

But the oak was very dry, and the old, original finish needed protection against water, pets and guests. I knew immediately the best – and fastest – solution would be a thin coat of Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax.

Minwax® makes a high quality paste wax in two colors:  Natural and Special Dark for darker woods, such as my vintage stool.

All I needed to apply the wax was a soft cloth, which I used to work the wax into the pores of the wood. The dark stain in the wax also repaired some of the scratches and wear to the stool.

After letting the wax dry for about ten minutes, I took another clean cloth and buffed it up to a satin sheen. Less than thirty minutes from start to finish, my Arts and Crafts stool is already in our living room.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

Tips for Restoring & Protecting Furniture

No matter how careful we are, it always seems to happen:  a nick or a scratch suddenly appears on our furniture. We don’t have time for a complete refinishing, and getting out a can of stain just for a touch-up is inconvenient, so what’s a quick and easy solution?

This is when Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Markers are great to have around. These handy tubes of stain have a felt tip for easy application, so you just pick the color that matches your furniture, apply the stain, and wipe off any excess. It’s that easy.

In just a few minutes the stain is dry and the nick or scratch has nearly disappeared. Got time for one more tip?

The best way to preserve and protect an antique finish is with a coat of Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax, in either natural or special dark. Rub on, let it begin to dry, then buff with a soft cloth to a semi-gloss sheen – and you won’t have to worry about guests setting a glass on your family heirlooms.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

An Arts & Crafts Magazine Stand

It’s no secret in my family that my favorite style is Arts and Crafts, so when I saw a need for a stand to store our magazines and catalogs, I decided to make one in the Arts and Crafts/Mission Oak style from, what else? — oak, of course!

I started as I do every project: with a light sanding using #180-grit sandpaper. This not only removes minor nicks and scratches, but the sandpaper also opens up the pores of the wood so that they will accept our stain and finish.

While you can select any color of stain you like, I opted for Coffee in the  Minwax® Gel Stain line because it brought out the grain of the oak and matched the color we so often find on antique Arts and Crafts furniture. You simply rub on the Gel Stain, let it absorb into the pores for a few minutes, then wipe off any extra stain.

Whenever possible, I stain my boards before assembly, using protective rubber pads on my clamps to prevent them from leaving any dents in the wood.

After the glue had dried, I sealed the stain and protected the wood with two coats of clear  Polycrylic® Protective Finish in the semi-gloss sheen. I also could have opted for clear  Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane, but since it was too cold to open the garage doors while I was applying my finish, I elected to use the water-based Polycrylic, which has no fumes needing to be vented.

And here’s a quick finishing tip:  to duplicate an authentic vintage Arts and Crafts finish, gently rub out your final coat of dried finish with a fine synthetic pad dipped in  Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax in Special Dark. As soon as the wax begins to harden, buff it out with a clean, soft cloth for a finish so smooth your friends will assume it was done professionally.

Here is my completed magazine stand next to a vintage Arts and Crafts library table in my office. The combination of the Minwax® Gel Stain, Polycrylic® Protective Finish, and the Paste Finishing Wax really came together to give the new oak boards an authentic Arts and Crafts look.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

New Wax and Old Socks

Leigh Ann and I are antiques collectors, but we also live with our collection, which means our antique dining room table occasionally needs some extra protection — without looking over-refinished and brand new.

When that time comes, I reach for Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax, available in “Natural” for light-colored woods and in “Dark” for stained pieces, such as our dining room table. I applied the wax with a heavy-duty paper towel, then let it harden, which only took about five minutes.

I then reach for my favorite buffing tool:  a soft, often-washed, worn-out cotton sock. I slip it over my hand like a mitten, then begin buffing the wax in the direction of the grain of the wood. When the cotton fibers fill up with extra wax, I simply rotate the sock for a fresh, clean surface.

What I love about a hand-rubbed Paste Finishing Wax finish is that the results are not dramatic. Antiques don’t like drama. They like a natural, protective finish that preserves their sometimes worn appearance while at the same time giving them more protection so that we can use them in our busy lives.

Until next time,

Save a family heirloom!

Thanks!

Bruce