Friday, September 16, 2011

Liming Wax! My New Favorite Product

I am so happy with the result of the refinishing job on this table...which once belonged to my grandmother, sitting in her kitchen nook. I have fond memories of many wonderful meals at this table!


A layer of Smart Strip removed most of the previous finish...



...and after a quick sanding job it was ready for its new finish.


After some debate I decided to try Briwax's Liming Wax...here is my test. I got a bit carried away and nearly did the entire table top...I just wanted to see what it would look like! Really, how can one see what you're going to get from a tiny spot on the underside of the table?!


Luckily I liked what I saw and didn't have to backtrack. At first I applied little dabs of the wax and rubbed it in, but soon I decided to just slather it on and go for it.


The more I applied, the more I liked it.



This table has been around, and there is no pretending it is in perfect condition. This actually lends itself to this type of finish: it is meant to look aged and worn and imperfect, highlighting variations of wood tone, nicks and dings.

When my aunt read one of my previous posts on this table she shared its history in more detail. It was originally hers when she and my uncle lived in Athens, GA. Then it traveled with them to Key West, later crossing the country all the way up to Seattle and later made its way down to Portland, finding a spot in their home in Lake Oswego. When they eventually moved to California it was given to my grandparents. But years later it also traveled to California after my grandparents passed away, and it came to live with me when I moved to San Francisco from Chicago. It has yet to make a full circle, that would require my moving to Athens and taking the table with me, but for now it is back in Portland! Confused? 


But back to the finish. The wax seemed to take differently to the apron and legs, concerning me. But I kept applying layers and eventually they looked right alongside the table top. I think that is the key as well, accept that the wood from the different parts of a piece of furniture may react differently to the wax. It's not meant to be perfect and variances are all part of the look.



I am so glad I went with a lighter finish rather than the tinted brown wax...the table looks wonderful against the dark walls.


The wax has a beautiful subtle sheen...


...and I adore how the liming wax brought out the gray tones of the wood.


Okay, now where are some chairs?!

{This table did come to me with three chairs, but of course I've already refinished them and they are happily living in other rooms of my house!}

30 comments :

  1. Good job, Janell. That turned out great.

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  2. Love it, Janell! Now about your story, yes, make it a full circle and move to Athens ga!! That's like an hour away from me!!!

    Hmmm... what are your thoughts for chairs?!

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  3. It's looking good! And I love that is a family heirloom which makes it a more meaningful piece which you will appreciate for a long time.

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  4. It turned out beautifully! I love the story of the table. It really makes the piece even more special and I'm sure it will have many more stories to tell over the years!

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  5. That's gorgeous!! Great job- and what great bones to start with. I love the shape. Bonus that it has history!

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  6. I love the shape of the table top! I have a table from my grandmother that I'm always afraid to touch, but I have so many visions for it. This is another one to add to the list!

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  7. Now I need some of that...love the way it brought depth to the finish on the piece...Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love this option! I'm debating on what to do with my kitchen table that has seen better days-- paint or refinish the stain?? How well do you think the lime wax will hold up to daily use??
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

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  9. I guess time will tell on how it will hold up! The directions say put an additional finish over the liming, like clear Briwax, I'm concerned that will turn the tone a bit yellow. I should probably do a test and see, but for now I'm going to live with the table and see what happens. My approach is if it starts to become dull looking I'll simply apply another layer of wax to the table top down the line.

    See how I just wing it? Janell

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  10. Another great project!!! You gave your table a whole new life!! Love it, Kathysue

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  11. Looks lovely, I like the grey undertones the table now has...the wax is great!

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  12. I have a sofa table finished with limimg wax . My teenagers put their cups of tea on it regularly(usually next to the coaster instead of on it) and I have to say that it does mark but i just give it another rub with the wax.
    ZoeB

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  13. ZoeB,
    Yeah, thanks for the advice, this will be my approach! Janell

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  14. Love the finish on the table. And the story about your table is adorable. Who knew it has been on a road trip to so many places?

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  15. the liming wax is perfect for that table. looks great - I'm going to remember that one...donna

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  16. I REALLY LIKE it!! I'll be looking for liming wax this weekend.

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  17. It looks great. I love the contrast with the walls. And I like how the table has it's own little history.

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  18. Wow, great result! I like that it has that light wood finish without being white-washed.

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  19. Janell, that's so pretty! My mother has stored many pieces from both my grandparents but I'm so afraid to do anything to them! This is a great idea.

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  20. It looks amazing, Janelle. Don't you love it when a project turns out perfectly!! Have a great weekend ~

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  21. The timing for this tutorial couldn't be better for me. A couple of weeks ago we visited my in-laws' summer house which they are in the process of selling. We are inheriting a beautiful table and chairs from 1926 that looks very similar to yours. I wanted to do this type of finish so this is so helfpul! Your table will evantually have some company in Portland when I bring it back from Germany and re-finish it!

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  22. Beautiful job, Janell. Can't wait to see the chairs that you choose.

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  23. Hi Janell! WOW, what an incredibly sentimental story. I absolutely love how much this table has meant to many members of your family!!! Such a meaningful piece. Can't wait to see chairs you select for it. I do think it really showcases itself against your brown walls. So touching to have something like this still in your family! ~M. p.s. LOVING your "House of 50!" xo~M.

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  24. Geez, girl...do you EVER run out of gas???!

    Great job...great "new" table!!

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  25. People keep this furniture in smaller spaces. This kind of furniture completely fit in your home or office. You get enough space in your home with this type of furniture.
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  26. First time I've heard of such a product - LOVE what it did for your table!

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  27. I love how this table turned out! I've been thinking all weekend about how I could use the liming wax on a sofa with wooden legs and arms. Because of all the nooks and crannies (and because I'm far too lazy), I don't think I can sand or strip all of the existing stain off. Do you have any idea how it would work if I applied it over top of an existing stain?

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  28. Kim, I believe a few people commented on past posts or in an email that they have done this...is there a small spot that doesn't show that you could do a test? Sounds like an idea that could work out! If it fails, you can always consider sanding the stain away...:) Janell

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  29. I love that table! I have 4 chairs that would be perfect for it- however, you would need to complete the circle to Athens in order to get them.... Glad I came across you on PDB's project gallery. :)

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