Wax a Table to Create a Beautiful Finish

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4 Hours

I have been working on creating an inviting outdoor space next to the pool area. I figured out how I wanted to set up our outdoor furniture so that you can enjoy the fireplace and still have a view of the pool. But, I needed a coffee table to complete the look.

I did not want to buy anything, so I drug out an old coffee table from storage and decided it would work just fine. All it needed was some major TLC.

First, I sanded the table down using my Makita sander. Then, I decided I would try out some furniture wax instead of going the traditional polyurethane route.

I used a combination of clear wax, dark wax, and black wax. In order to achieve this look, I started by buffing in clear wax and then layering on the dark wax before I added one coat of black wax.

The table is now protected and you can safely sit drinks on it without worrying that you will leave a ring from a watermark.

In order to protect the table, every year or so I will buff another layer of clear wax onto the table to continue to maintain this finish.

The finished table on our patio.

Sand Down the Table

After sanding down the table, wipe it down with a wet rag to remove any dust and debris.

While the table is drying, scoop out some clear wax into the plastic bowl.

Using a lint free cloth, buff the clear wax into the table.

After waxing the top, then I buffed the clear wax into the sides of the table.

I used a wax brush to apply the wax in the grooves of the table legs.

I repeated this clear wax process two more times to achieve this look.

Then I scooped some dark wax into a bowl and began to buff the dark wax over the clear wax.

I buffed the dark wax all over entire table making sure to highlight the imperfections.

I used the wax brush to get into the crevices of the sides of the table.

I also used the wax brush to get into the crevices of the legs of the table.

I repeated the dark wax process once more, but only on the top to achieve this look.

I decided I wanted to darken the table even more, so I used the black wax.

I buffed the black wax into the table highlighting the hardware and imperfections of the table.

The table is finished after using one coat of black wax on the entire table.

A view of the table from the side.

Another view of the table.

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