Antiquing Wax (Antique Wax for Furniture)

Antiquing is the term used in identifying antiques when shopping for them, and it is also often used to describe the act of searching for these great finds. However, antiquing is also known as changing a newer item, such as furniture, into the appearance of an antique-look piece.

The best antiquing wax needs to be a very durable aging wax for distressing and aging wood and furniture, particularly painted furniture, such as, chalk paint and milk paint. Due to heavy demand with furniture hackers  a good antique look wax also needs to be ideal for indoor projects, has to have low odor and be very easy to use, creating amazing antique effects on chalk painted furniture, cabinets and walls.

Most antiquing wax colors have been carefully formulated to recreate the wonderful rustic colors of the past. Each antiquing wax color is a unique antiquing color, but may be mixed to create your own antiquing colors.


Apply Antiquing Wax to surfaces, such as, chalk painted furniture, with a soft wax cloth and/or brush, steel wool or abrasive pad.

Always test first for color and effect before applying antiquing wax to chalk painted furniture.

When applying antiquing wax over chalk paint type finishes or milk paint, the soft wax formula will appear darker than when dry.

Aging effect and intensity of antique color are controlled by application and distressing methods.

When Applying Antiquing Wax over chalk painted furniture or other painted surfaces, the aging effect is achieved by simply applying Antiquing Wax directly onto the chalk painted surface and then buffing. A distressed look is acquired by rubbing with fine sandpaper and/or abrasive pads. For a less dramatic effect, apply a coat of clear aging wax before applying a colored coat of wax.


Most furniture antiquing wax needs only the occasional buffing.

Apply a fresh coat of wax as needed, or, maintain and clean, without harming the wax finish, by using a patina protector on antiques and chalk painted surfaces.