Antiquing Wax – How To Make Your Own

by Sherry

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!.

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Debra Oliver March 27, 2014 - 7:06 pm

thanks Sherry, just pinned this!

Janette - The2Seasons March 27, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Thanks for this. I heard that French furniture people leave their wax in the sun to melt and then just brush it on. That's why their old furniture has such lovely pat incas.

Deserae March 27, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Thank you for the instructions….I am going to try some :o)

lynn cockrell March 27, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Sherry, thanks for sharing your technique for waxing! Great advice, for sure.

Kelly March 28, 2014 - 2:16 am

That's good to know. I never knew you could do that. I do have some tinted wax already, but it's nice to know how to make it.

Patricia Krank March 28, 2014 - 3:04 am

Thanks Sherry. I haven't tried making my own but I have the ingredients needed. I've pinned for future reference. Blessings, Patti

Miss Kitty March 28, 2014 - 5:20 am

Thanks, Sherry! I have pinned this so I won't forget it. Great idea.

Angie March 28, 2014 - 1:18 pm

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.

foxandfinchantiques March 28, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Thanks, Sherry, I just got this information from a woodworker…but, he forgot to tell me about melting it! This was a timely post for me and I thank you, as always.

Vel Criste March 28, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Cool! Never thought this could be made on your own! Thanks dear!

Divine Theatre March 28, 2014 - 11:33 pm

This is one of those "why didn't I think of that" posts! I have been looking for black wax…thanks to you my search is over!



mary March 29, 2014 - 3:37 am

do you wait for the wax to harden or do you use it in the melted state

Dee Lapin March 29, 2014 - 3:08 pm

In the art field you learn this. It's a wonderful tip for getting the look you want.
I'm pinning it 🙂

Sherry March 31, 2014 - 4:23 pm

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.

Julie April 2, 2014 - 1:51 am

Thanks so much for this information. Just wonderful.

Curtains in My Tree April 3, 2014 - 2:36 pm

we'll see how this works for me ?
I have a white french chair I need to add a dark wax on
thanks for the info

Diana Petrillo April 4, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Great idea–pinned it!

The Vintage Chateau April 6, 2014 - 9:35 pm

This is a great tip, thanks!

[email protected] Designs April 8, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Thanks Sherry…I am saving the "recipe"…

rl July 19, 2016 - 8:16 pm

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!

LINDA February 18, 2017 - 10:38 am

I have been reading your posts regularly. I need to say that you are doing a fantastic job. Please keep up the great work. Read more

Alamo De Lissoise May 13, 2017 - 11:01 pm

Thank you for this post! I really appreciate knowing this less-expensive and much more customizable option to the name brand waxes!


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