Antiquing Wax – How To Make Your Own

Antiquing wax made with stain or paint is easy to make, and a fraction of the cost of name brand dark furniture waxes. When you make your own tinted wax you choose the color and can control how dark you want the antiquing. The wax also works great on my DIY Chalk Like Paint and other paint finishes.

Tinting Wax With Paint Or Stain

1. Purchase Natural Wax.

Furniture wax can be bought at any hardware store and most big box stores for $12.00 or less and lasts forever. I used Minwax for my project, but any finishing wax should work as well. (not a sponsored post)

(Make your own cheese slab like this one HERE)

2. Heat Wax


Place two tablespoons of wax in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. I used a mason jar. Heat a couple inches of water in a small pot, remove from heat and add the uncovered jar of wax to the water. Remove jar when the wax is a soft consistency or even melted.


3. Stir In Stain Or Paint.

While the wax is soft stir in equal parts of either stain or paint.  By adding paint to store bought wax you can achieve a darker color and using stain will give a more subtle tone.  Water based or oil stain work equally well and I also used craft paint with good results. Test a small amount of the tinted wax and add more if you want a darker look. Make small batches to avoid the wax drying out.


4. Add Wax

Use a clean rag, or inexpensive paint chip brush, to apply the antiquing wax working a small area at a time and pushing the wax in crevices with the paint brush.  No need to buy expensive brushes made especially for applying wax. Wipe off excess immediately and buff.

I am working on two end tables using the tinted wax and I’ll be back soon to share pictures.  Thanks for visiting!.

22 thoughts on “Antiquing Wax – How To Make Your Own”

  1. I have been using this wax for at least twenty years and I love it. I even use it on wood pieces outside. I gives a wonderful hard finish. I mix it with simple gel stain found at Hobby Lobby. I do prefer mine a little softer since it is easier to apply. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration. I love your blog.

  2. Hi Mary, You will want to use the wax in a soft stage or fully hardened. Be very careful with the melted wax because it is VERY hot.

  3. Thanks. I bought the wax in plain and want to try differnt colors so I was really happy to find this. I also thought $30 to buy a wax brush? I don't think so!

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