Lime Waxed Coffee Table
Here are the detailed instructions for lime waxing the coffee table.
Long story short, I bought an awesome chest on Facebook Market Place for $60. I sanded it down and thought that is all I would need to do, but the wood was way more yellow that I expected. I didn't want to get into staining it because it is freezing outside, so I tried this Lime wax I bought at Hartville Hardware a few months ago. The process was super easy! It toned down the yellowness but still had that bare wood look that I wanted. Oh and it was too tall for my couch, so I took the legs off. I actually like it better without the legs.
So Here you go!
Sanded down all the flat parts with my Dewalt Cordless Sander.
The square detail on the sides couldn't be sanded so I sprayed Oven Cleaner in those areas. I let it sit for 20 minutes, rinsed it off with a hose. Let it dry completely over night. You could use any varnish remover. I just had oven cleaner on hand. Make sure to wear gloves and a mask. The fumes are pretty rough.
After it dried completely, I applied Bri Wax, Liming wax all over the coffee table with a wax brush. (I got mine on Amazon for $8. Let it sit for a few minutes and then buff off what you want with a lint free cloth. You can do this step as many times as you want to get the desired look. Use a little bit of wax at a time-a tiny amount goes a long way! It goes on really white, which I did not want so I wiped most of it off. This got rid of the yellow undertones of the wood. They say you can do this over stained wood, but I have tried it on several other pieces and it was not great. It doesn't absorb properly in my opinion.
Apply 2 more coats of protective clear wax to protect the wood.
I would not recommend this for a high traffic table, like a dining table. I would also use coasters. I have spilled coffee and water on it and dried it up right away. It beads up and cleans up well. The directions recommend re-applying the protective wax every year. This is a very simple and fool proof technique for getting that driftwood look that is so popular now.
Original table I bought on Facebook Marketplace for $60
It sanded down super easy. Here is the sander I love and use: https://www.hartvillehardware.com/product/sku-326836/miter-saws
I used Oven Cleaner that I had on hand to remove the varnish in areas my sander couldn't reach. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Fume-Free-Heavy-Duty-Oven-Cleaner-16-Ounce/44391368
Taking off the legs because it was too tall.
This is the Liming Wax I used. https://www.hartvillehardware.com/product/sku-1133204/Waxes-and-Restorative-Products
And here is the brush. https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Chalk-Paint-Brushes-Furniture/dp/B08L46HHZW/ref=sr_1_11?crid=JSW919CDYZLU&keywords=chalk+painting+brushes&qid=1644178372&sprefix=chalk+painting+b%2Caps%2C173&sr=8-11.
Here you can see that right side has been treated with the Limewax and the left has not.
I applied 2 coats of the clear wax to protect the finish. https://www.hartvillehardware.com/product/sku-86212/Waxes-and-Restorative-Products
Let me know if you have questions!