I was out of the Antiquax I’ve used on wooden furniture (both painted and unpainted), but I’ve been keeping a brick of natural beeswax handy for just this situation. Combined with some olive oil, I had a great furniture finish that worked exactly the same as the store-bought stuff, but smelled way nicer.
Recipe for Homemade Furniture Wax
- Melt natural beeswax either in the microwave (30-second intervals, and stir to prevent fire) or on the stove in a double boiler (I used a glass measuring cup in a pot of water).
- When the wax is melted, add olive oil. Approximately 1 part melted wax to 2 or 3 parts olive oil. (I used 1/2 cup wax and about 1 cup olive oil) Some of the wax will solidify, so melt it again and mix.
- Allow the mix to cool before use or you risk applying way more than you need (speaking from experience here).
- Apply a thin layer of wax to furniture (with your fingers, a wax brush, or a cloth), let it set for about an hour, and then buff with a clean lint-free cloth or paper towels.