Advice on chalk paint and wax.

I have an old fat pine mantle that came from my gran's old home place. It's heavy as sin and practically petrified. I've moved it 1000 times, it seems. I want to paint it with chalk paint and distress to the point of seeing wood grain....maybe more of a pickling effect. I plan to mount it on exterior wall under cover of overhang, them place my old coal grate in front of it, creating an outdoor fire site. I don't know anything about this waxing process. Want to know what kind and how much wax to use, and how to use it.
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