A New Hobby

I won’t keep you in suspense… my new hobby is waxing wood!

After doing a lot of work in the garden over the last few summers: putting up a new fence, building a wall, steps & patio area and more recently putting in raised beds and creating new paths in the veg garden…. the house has been somewhat neglected and I have big decorating & DIY plans for this summer!

I’m starting with the room most desperately in need – the utility room. It’s needed redecorating for a long time but as we don’t spend much time in there it’s easy to ignore.

The first thing I need to do is sort out storage. We bought an Ikea Ivar cabinet to replace our two tatty and sagging wall units and I also had a vague plan to build some shelving alongside this using some old pallets I had lurking in the outhouse – but I wasn’t sure if the wood would be good enough.

I can confirm that pallets are very well made and quite difficult to break down! I acquired many splinters but was left with a pile of good quality (if a little rustic) wood.

Whilst digging the pallets out of the outhouse, I took the opportunity to have a tidy up and unearthed a sample pot of Annie Sloan Soft Wax.

It says it’s to be applied on top of paint, but I thought I’d give it a go directly on my pallet wood and it’s beautiful!

The piece on the left is the original wood, the centre is sanded and on the right is waxed. It still looks rustic but the finish is gorgeous – the was brings out the grain and makes it soft and smooth to touch.

I liked it so much that I thought I’d give it a try on the pine cabinet – starting with an inner shelf in case it didn’t look good!

And again… I love it! The finish is more brown than the pallet wood but they still look good together and I really like the finish.

My sample pot of soft wax was really old and it doesn’t look like it’s available to buy anymore – I think the Chalk Paint Wax is probably the equivalent. I haven’t used it as instructed at all – but it seems to be doing the job!

I’m really enjoying the process of waxing. There’s something very relaxing about spending time smoothing the wax into each piece and watching it change. Also – it smells blooming lovely!


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