In this post: This method is by far my go-to-being-lazy method for giving painted furniture a glazed look without spending the time to actually glaze it.

Have you ever wanted the high end look of glazed furniture? But you wanted to do it yourself? This method is by far my go-to-being-lazy method for giving painted furniture a glazed look without spending the time to actually glaze it. It’s also seriously less messy than glaze – in fact, it’s the easiest furniture glazing antiquing ever!

easiest furniture antiquing and glazing ever


family room couch wall 2


When I first used this method, I used Minwax natural and dark waxes. But I’ve since used many other waxes including Miss Mustard Seed’s antiquing wax and others. It doesn’t really matter – whatever your preference. Just grab a clear or natural wax and a darker wax.


1. Paint your piece if it’s not already painted. Easy peasy, right? Use any color you like. Some of our favorites are Behr Swiss Coffee and Annie Sloan Old White. We also stained the top of this piece with Minwax Special Walnut. This method of glazing will look better on lighter paints.

2. Wax the whole piece with the natural wax. This totally makes the next step easier. Typically this is done by grabbing a teaspoon full of wax and wrapping it into the rag or cheesecloth. Then by buffing in a circular motion, the paste wax pushes out through the cloth creating a nice even layer. By using the clear or natural wax first, you will be able to get the dark wax just where you want it in the next step because it won’t “soak in” right away.

3. Use your index finger wrapped in a clean cloth, dab on a little bit of dark wax, and accentuate the edges and details you want to stand out. Buff to even out and blend in.

That’s it! You’re done like dinner!

Remember wax is great for many pieces, but if there will be water or other liquids used nearby it may be better to choose a different finish, like our whitewash finish.

What do you think? You could do this, couldn’t you? Do any pieces pop into mind?

P.S. Want a more traditional glazing method? Try How To Antique Glaze Furniture – Plus DIY Glaze Mixture Recipe.

shannon photo and sig oct 2022

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  1. I’m hoping to try this but haven’t found the minwax paste in the dark finish yet. maybe I should just put my glasses on next time I’m in Lowes. That might help 🙂 Thanks for the tip.

    1. It does seem a little harder to find that the natural. Home Depot and Sherwin Williams stores also carry minwax, do that may be worth a look!

  2. This is a great technique for sure…if I could make one suggestion and that is to use a wax like one from CC Caldwell or another brand that is natural and non toxic (note the warning on the front of the minwax can) also,I like to beat the wood up alot before I stain and wax mine..makes a cool old wood finsh 😉

    1. I just recently tried Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax – both non toxic – AND TOTALLY FABULOUS! So I hear ya! Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Looks sooo much easier then glaze. I just finished painting (OIL BASED PAINT) an antique serpentine dresser and am afraid to do the glaze step. Do you think the wax will work on my piece?

    1. It probably would…minwax is made for oil based stain. Just read the label and/or test it on a not visible spot. Let us know how it turns out!

  4. Love the Miniwax. I have tried all of Annie Sloans wax and it is great, but have tried some other kind that cost only $11.00 a can and it was great, especially hte clear wax. It had oil in it and did a great job and had a great finish. Thaks and please add me to your email list. Your chest or trunk was great looking and thanks for sharing.
    Betty Whatley

    1. I have some Annie Sloan chalk paint and dark wax, and wondered if anyone had ever tried to antique or glaze anything with her dark wax – like rubbing it over a piece that was painted with paint other than ASCP? I know the other waxes (like Minwax) are cheaper, but I have this big can of AS wax. Suggestions??
      Thank you – great blog!!

  5. I have the natural Minwax paste and use it all the time. Now I just have to find the dark (our Home Hardware didn’t carry it. ) Thanjs for the tip, your trunk looks awesome.

  6. Thank you for the simple instructions. For those of us who are not so crafty it is such a joy to meet people like yourselves that are so darn smart. Thanks again. Gloria

  7. FINALLY! An actual easy step-by-step! Every other one I read gives me a personal account of every darn thing EXCEPT how to use the light and dark wax in conjunction! Bless you!!!

  8. I will be using this for my old kitchen cabinets. They have been painted black for many years and I’m going to a sage green, but wanted to glaze them, so I’m thinking this will be perfect:) Thanks!!

  9. How do you dust/clean the furniture with this finish. I use a lemon oil on all furniture 2 to 3 times a year and in between use a microfiber cloth. I would love to use this chalk paint on bedroom furniture but not sure how to clean…dust, etc?

    1. Honestly I dust with a swifter duster once a week. If more is needed I use a damp dish cloth or a baby wipe!

    1. Was is a sealer. If you use wax you shouldn’t put anything on top. If you need better protection (like for a dining room table) you’d have to go another route.

  10. Hey I love your trunk it looks great. I’ve used the minwax finishing paste wax a couple times on furniture and I always have trouble with there being bits of lint in the wax, no matter what type of cloth I use and how hard I buff it out. Am I doing something wrong? Please help, I love the wax and want to get it to work properly!

  11. I just noticed this blog post dates from 2011, but the Pin leading to it was our favorite pin in May 2015! Thanks for showing our audience this awesome technique!