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Breathe New Life into Tired Wood with Beeswax

Farmhouse Table Top - Still looks marvelous two months after being refreshed with beeswax |

Raise your hand if you have some wood furniture pieces that could do with a little attention?  And, by attention, I mean refreshing, not refinishing.

In my 1990’s traditional home, there is a whole lot of wood furniture.  These are good pieces with beautiful finishes, but now are sooo out of style.  Why?  Because they are too dark…..not because they are wood.

So, before I let the thought of painting any of these pieces even enter my mind, I wanted to see what could be done to lighten them by bouncing the light.

And, here is what I learned about how to use beeswax to nourish the wood and restore the shine.

Disclosure: I received free paint from Poppies Paint Powder in exchange for writing a review on the blog. This post does NOT contain an affiliate link and all opinions are 100% my own.

Yesterday, I conducted an experiment.  I set up a laboratory in the dining room in order to try a new furniture polish called Daddy Van’s All Natural Unscented Beeswax.  

Carved wood pieces nourished with beeswax. The results are amazing Since my experience with beeswax products was low, I surely wasn’t thrilled with the prospect of learning about this one by applying it to my good, solid wood pieces.  IMG_2655Luckily, I had a pair of very thirsty-looking carved wood wall shelves that were stained, but not sealed.  The perfect guinea pigs for trying out a new wood nourishing product.  IMG_2654 The directions are simple.  Just take a clean, soft cloth with a very small amount of wax and rub it into the wood.  A tiny amount of wax goes a very long way.  The key is to give the wax a good massage so that it is driven into the wood.  Since the only ingredients in this particular product are unrefined beeswax and all-natural emollients, there really is no dry-time needed.  If the wood appears to “dry,” it is really just soaking up the product.  If this happens, the wood is especially thirsty so applying a second light coat is in order. IMG_2660 Notice the difference between these two pieces (below).  The piece on the right has been treated with the polish while the piece on the left has not been treated.  In retrospect, I should have shot a video because the change in the wood when the wax was applied was instantaneous. IMG_2662 IMG_2666 Another nice feature is that, unlike traditional paste wax, no extra buffing is required.  The only reason to buff would be to remove the top layer of wax to prevent feeling the wax when the piece is touched.  IMG_2672And, amazingly, when these pieces were moved around for the photos, there were no fingerprints or smears.  Anywhere. The wood felt like it had a sealer on it, but it wasn’t slick or sticky.  It just felt sort of velvety. IMG_2678 Before I started, I read everything I could find about Daddy Van’s.  In addition to what has already been shared, three more facts stand out.  This product is non-toxic (even safe for babies), is certified “green” renewable, and is made in the USA.IMG_2677 As for me, I gotta get busy beeswaxing my big mahogany china hutch, the dining room table, the side server…..and……and….  You get my drift.  🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by…….and please…..don’t forget to PIN…..Carved wood pieces nourished with beeswax. The results are amazing

Until next time,

Happy beeswaxing,




 Disclosure: One container of Daddy Van’s Furniture Polish was supplied for review. There were no other forms of compensation or affiliate links.   All work and opinions are my own.



  • Reply Helen Holley March 23, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I like this idea and plan to use it!
    THanks for sharing,
    Helen H

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 23, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Thanks, Helen. Hope it does a good job for you!

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  • Reply Carolann March 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Oh my Susie. I love Van’s wax too! You piece looks totally revived now. I just love it. Those legs…stunning!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks Carolann. Vann’s really is a good wax. I felt like I was giving the wood a drink of water. LOL..

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