Trial Confessions of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax

Earlier, when I explained how I moved the Red Chairs Out! New Antique Chairs In, I mentioned that Spunky Daughter and some friends visited.

While HH and SD’s friends enjoyed farm life adventures, SD painted a desk she’d brought from her apartment.

Painting Desk

This is the same chalk paint substitute we used for the Thumb Tack Coffee Table that’s now at her apartment.

Painting Desk

It’s Valspar™ Super Flat Paint and Primer, color-matched to Annie Sloan™ French Linen. SD doesn’t plan to distress it, so we added clear wax as soon as the second coat of paint was dry.

Painted Desk Complete

I didn’t realize my pot of Annie Sloan™ Clear Wax was empty until I opened it that day.  I had another type of wax waiting on the shelf to try –  clear Minwax™ Paste Finishing Wax.

Minwax Paste Wax Product Review

  • It’s helpful to use a round, stiff brush, just like I always use for Annie Sloan™ Clear Wax.  Again, the ASCP waxing brush is expensive, so the Wal-Mart version I shared in my Chalk Paint Brush Secrets post is a good alternative – and works very well.  (Just watch for any stray brush bristles.)
  • Minwax™ is a stiffer paste, which helps to not overload your brush.  ASCP is a softer wax, so it’s easy to load too much onto your brush.  The more paste you load onto your furniture, the more you have to wipe off.  I feel like I waste a ton of Annie Sloan’s wax.
  • After you swirl wax over a small section, rub your soft cloth into the Minwax™ paste to make it run smoothly over the waxed areas of the piece with no “dragging”.  You can smooth and buff easily.
  • Minwax™ paste “sets” very quickly, so it doesn’t leave tackiness to your piece for long periods of time.  With Annie Sloan™, sometimes it takes several days.

The benefits of Minwax™ paste wax out-weigh those of Annie Sloan™ Clear Wax. (It’s much cheaper, too. Bonus!)  It hardens faster than Annie Sloan wax, so rather than waiting a day or two for it to lose its “stickiness”, only an hour or so does the trick with Minwax™.

Minwax™ isn’t paying me to give you my opinion.  If you’d like to order the Minwax paste, though, here’s the Amazon* link (who will pay me a small commission for your purchase).

For further testing, I used the Minwax™ paste on two desks I painted last week.  You’ll soon see my experience of chalk paint over two types of laminated surfaces.

The jury’s still out on how you would apply a dark wax for an aged look with the Minwax paste.  Something to work on for later!  🙂

Sometimes testing a different product has wonderful results!

Have you tried different types of wax on your furniture pieces?  What’s your favorite?

Blessings~

 

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Comments

  1. Roxanne says

    That turned out so pretty! I like the look when it is not distressed. Browsed several antique malls this weekend full of furniture that had been painted and badly distressed. I thought “this is when bad things happen to good furniture”!

    Kim, can you recommend a compact travel-size steamer? I’m going on a Viking River Cruise in April. They don’t provide irons due to fire danger on a ship, but recommend bringing a steamer. All the ones I’ve seen are bulky and take up a lot of suitcase room (that I would rather fill with good stuff from France! LOL) Thanks!

    • says

      Thank you! I’m a little tired of the distressed look, myself. It sounds like you lean more toward a clean look, too. I don’t have a travel steamer, but I checked Amazon, and this one looked to be the best deal, and it’s compact for travel. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2kQQgqI

      I hope that helps. Have a wonderful trip! 🙂

  2. robin says

    The desk looks fabulous. You know I am a fan of CHEAPER so, way to go Minwax!
    I have yet to wax any furniture….maybe because I have not PAINTED any in a long time. Ha!
    I’m liking this for when I do my kitchen cabinets!!!

    I am looking forward to spring….maybe, just maybe, something besides the “dungeon” will get painted. I feel like that is a good name for it since nobody wants to go down there and paint. LOL I may have to make a VP executive order (schedule) demanding it since the President is being as lazy as his staff in this here united “state”. Ha!

    Today’s adventure…..before my doc appt I am stopping at the thrift shop that I discovered last August. I got some great deals on new stuffed animals to sell on eBay. And all proceeds from this store go to help a little girl with a rare skin disorder. It’s a win-win. The doc appt happens to be across the street from this shop! YAY! I am having a routine EKG…because I have been taking meds for migraines for a very long time. They just have to make sure I am A-ok.

    It’s funny how ya get so used to going to certain places in ONE direction you don’t realize there are great places in the OTHER direction. This town with the thrift shop in just as far from me as the one mall is in the other direction now that I live in Kuntry-burbs. The mall was a hop,skip, and a jump from me where I lived before…12-15 minutes. Now it’s 30. So, what used to be 45 minutes from me in the other direction is now less than 30. So I will be taking more adventures in the OTHER direction, finding more little thrift shops with great finds! My “assistant” aka “the voice of reason”, will not be going with me today so I have to police myself and just buy what will make a great profit…if I do find deals. Thank goodness for the eBay app!

    Have a Terrific Tuesday!

    • says

      Until chalk paint, I’d never used wax. Now that I’ve used it and experimented with it, it’s grown on me. We could trade places. I love painting walls! Not so much when it comes to cabinets. I’m writing a post right now about chalk paint on kitchen cabinets. What a coincidence! It should give you some things to consider in making your final decision. I hope all goes well with the EKG and results. Happy “other direction” wanderings! 🙂

  3. teresa says

    Another vote for Minwax which I’ve used for years on both my floors and furniture. Thank you for the info on the applicator brush as I’ve never used one. They seemed pricey. If you want a softer wax, just add some mineral spirits. If you prefer a harder wax try a high carnauba content car wax. I use a small car buffer if I have a large surface to buff or just want to get every nook and cranny. Dedicated paint stores will often carry Minwax or other brands in a ‘brown’ which I find best for wooden furniture and floors. It also works well for antiquing.
    That table looks really pretty. I personally feel distressing can be overdone and poorly done and have seen what someone above wrote about ‘good furniture gone bad!” That made me laugh. Have a beautiful day.

    • says

      Great info, Teresa! Thanks for sharing that. I don’t know why I’ve never used Minwax on anything until chalk paint came along. Maybe because I never saw my mom using it. Although, she may have and I just never knew. Looks like I have a little research to do on the uses of Minwax. Thanks so much for cluing me in! 🙂

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