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Distressed Furniture Antiqued With Dark Wax

Dark Waxed Furniture

Welcome to Themed Furniture Day!

The theme this month is “Distressed” and my pretty dark waxed furniture got a bunch of distressing before the waxing.

My makeover …..is a little shabby chic, a little vintage, and just darn cute.

dark waxed furniture

When I saw the theme for this month I was all over it.

You guys know I’m the “Queen of Distressing”.

I’m sure you’re tired of me telling you that…so moving on….

antiqued white paint Petticoat Junktion

The weather was so lovely the day of the photo shoot, I just took the table outside and skipped all the photo staging stuff.

The grass is getting green and my allergies have shifted into high gear.

furniture project before and after Petticoat Junktion

I got the table at my favorite junk shop for $8. You guys would be so jealous of the shop. I’ve been shopping there for years and it’s where I get most of the good stuff at cheap prices.

{Some of you have asked where my favorite junk shop is located and for other info. If you click this pink link you can get all the details. You can also find the details for the Nashville Flea Market there.}

white table Petticoat Junktion

I used Beyond paint in off-white for the makeover. The paint covered in one coat but a second coat is always better.

distress furniture Petticoat Junktion

This is my favorite sander.

I have two different size mouse sanders and a square pad sander too.

Don’t know why this is my favorite…but it is.

I “went to town” with the sander and finished the job in about 10 minutes. I plugged the sander in and ran it all over the table. The table is so light I just flipped it from side to side and upside down to hit all the details.

Howards Dark Wax for antiquing furniture Petticoat Junktion

One of my closely guarded secrets is dark wax for antiquing furniture It’s the very first product I used to age furniture when I started on this journey in 2006. It’s as simple as wiping the wax on with a lint free rag then shining up the wax after it dries.

dark wax antiques furniture Petticoat Junktion

In this photo you can see the areas where the wax has been applied and the area at the top right where it hasn’t. The raw wood where I distressed gets it’s color back with the wax. It really looks aged or antique doesn’t it??

It’s easy to rub the wax on then buff with a soft cloth when dry.

I used Howard’s Paste Wax in Golden Oak. I also like the walnut color in the wax.

distressed shabby chic white furniture Petticoat Junktion

Loving the look of the wood shined up with the dark wax.

distressed furntiure details waxed dark Petticoat Junktion

I love the little paint crackle along the groove of the table edge.

distressed furniture antiqued with dark wax Petticoat Junktion

If you like this little table you must see my 5 Days of White Paint Post……a bunch of pretty shabby chic white tables…..just click here…….5 Days Of Paint Love.

Let me know what you think of the table and the dark waxed furniture technique then take the themed furniture tour by clicking the photos below.

Have a great day,


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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Oh it’s perfectly distressed Kathy! Love it…so pretty!! 🙂


  2. Gorgeous, Kathy! I love the dark wax, it really brings the table to life.


  3. I am in LOVE with this little table! It’s absolutely adorable and wish I had it in my own home!

  4. Love the table and those legs are great! Thanks for sharing your tip, I didn’t know that the dark wax would also darken the distressed wood areas:) Pretty as always!

  5. This is darn cute, Kathy! I know painting those spindles took a lot of patience, but it is just perfect! XO

  6. I’ve never seen that brand of wax. Along with the paint and distressing the dark wax gives this piece a nice look.

  7. Okay, every time I use dark wax it turns out looking like poo – just sayin’. Yours is fabulous and is so precious with the spindles!

  8. I love the little table and what you did to it. I would have scooped that one up for $8.00, too, whether I needed it or not!!