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How to use Lime wax with a Lime Washed Coffee Table Makeover

Learn how to use limed wax to create a beautiful lime washed finish. I’ve shared this with a coffee table makeover.

Do you ever wonder how to get that white washed light wood furniture finish? Have you ever stopped your scroll through Pinterest when you landed on a beautiful “white oak” looking piece of furniture? A simple way to achieve this look is with LIMING WAX! I have a solid wood Ethan Allen coffee table sitting in my garage that is screaming for a makeover! Come along and I’ll share my tutorial about how to use limed wax with a lime washed coffee table makeover.

Lime Washed Coffee Table Makeover

I scored this coffee table from a friend who sells antiques for $30. She needed to get rid of it and I happened to need a coffee table (like I needed a hole in the head, lol).  If you’ve been around here long enough you know I don’t pass up solid wood furniture! 

wood coffee table before the liming wax
wood coffee table before the limed wax

I loved the lines in this coffee table. It’s big, it’s heavy and it was screaming to get rid of that dark wood!

Let’s talk about Lime Wax for a minute.

Liming wax is meant to set in the open grain of the wood. This is what gives it that cerused finish.

Unlike regular furniture wax, which is meant to highlight the moldings, liming wax highlights the wood grain to give it that white wash finish or weathered wood finish.

Make sure to check out our other wax posts below:

Best Wax for Painted Furniture

Testing Beeswax for Wood for the Best Beeswax Furniture Polish

What is the difference between whitewash and lime wash?

Simply put; whitewash uses latex paint to cover the surface while lime wash is meant to seep through the grain of the wood to highlight it.

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How to Create an Antique Fireplace Mantel with a Whitewash Technique

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How to Create the Weathered Barn Wood look with New Wood

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White washed furniture makeovers that will wow you!

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Do you need to seal Whitewash furniture and wood?

sealing whitewash furniture and wood

How do you lime wash wood?

Liming wax (limed wax, lime wax, etc.) is meant to sit in the wood grain. This means that before you apply it, you need to remove the sealer and or finish until your reach the open wood grain. Since limed wax sits in the wood grain and not on top, it works (or shows up) best on wood with a heavy or large wood grain.

If you are looking for a very prominent lime wash finish, make sure you use this liming wax on oak wood.

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I had my CitriStrip paint stripper, paint brush and gloves and I was ready to go!

I won’t go into too many details on how to strip the finish off of this coffee table because this post is mainly about my lime washed wood coffee table.

Below is what the coffee table looked like after I stripped at least the top layer off.

You will notice that I didn’t strip all of the stain from the coffee table. I liked the color of the wood once the top few layers were gone. All this to say, you can definitely use liming wax over stain. As a matter of fact, I think the contrast of the dark wood with the white lime wash is really nice.

Just make sure to remove the sealer finish so the lime wash will sit in the grain.

Once you have removed any sealer, stain or paint from your furniture piece, you can start the liming process by adding lime wax.

supplies to lime wash

For this project I decided to use the Amy Howard Liming Wax.

I’ve heard great things about it so I knew I had to try it out.

Materials used:

There are a ton of ways to apply the liming wax.  I’ll share the way I did it.

How to use Limed wax for a cerused finish

  1. Dip a lint free rag into the wax and pull out a dime size portion
  2. Apply the wax IN THE direction of the grain
  3. Apply to small areas at a time and continue until you have coated the entire piece with liming wax
  4. Let the wax sit for about 30 minutes
  5. Buff the surface with a clean lint free rag (Be careful not to buff too much because you don’t want to remove the finish. You want to buff just enough to give it a small shine)
Applying liming wax to a coffee table
Applying liming wax to a coffee table
As you can see, the left side is where the liming wax has been applied vs. the right side where it has not been
liming wax before and after

That’s it! No need for a top coat because the wax acts as one.

Liming wax is best used on an unfinished open grain piece of wood like Oak to highlight the wood grain. This coffee table has been heavily stained, and even though I removed the first layer of varnish and stain, the wax will not penetrate the wood grain. Because of this, I’m using the liming wax to lighten or “white wash” the table and cover up some of the red tones. 

Make sure to check out my video on how to Lime wash wood with this coffee table makeover.

Ready to see the coffee table makeover with liming wax?

How to use Limed wax with a Lime Washed Coffee Table Makeover

The best part about the lime wax is that it gives it a new whitewash look and protects the wood.

Limed Washed Coffee Table Makeover
Limed Washed Coffee Table Makeover
How to use Lime wax with a Lime Washed Coffee Table Makeover
Limed Washed Coffee Table Makeover

I’m so pleased with how this coffee table makeover turned out!

If you enjoyed this post feel free to pin the image below to Pinterest.

How to use Lime wax with a Lime Washed Coffee Table Makeover
how to use lime wax

How to use Lime wax and Liming wax

How to use Lime wax

Learn how to use Lime wax or liming wax for a lime washed wood makeover. I've transformed the wood on a coffee table with Liming wax.

Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost 30 dollars


  • Liming Wax
  • Gloves
  • Lint free cloth
  • Chip brush
  • Drop cloth
  • Furniture piece to refinish


  1. Clean and strip (if necessary) your furniture piece
  2. Dip the rag into the wax and pull out a dime size portion and then started to apply the wax IN THE direction of the grain
  3. Let the wax sit for about 30 minutes
  4. Then "buff the surface" with a clean lint free rag. Be careful not to buff too much because you don't want to remove the finish. You want to buff just enough to give it a small shine.

Want to see more furniture flipping inspiration? Come check out my super talented blogger friends and their furniture flips below.

So many great tips on how to refinish furniture.
  1. Upcycled Chest to New Coffee Table by Houseful of Handmade
  2. How to Build Easy Built Ins from IKEA Bookcases by Lovely Etc.
  3. Lime Washed Coffee Table Makeover with Liming Wax by Repurpose and Upcycle
  4. How to Use Gel Stain to Change the Color of Stained and Finished Wood by Refresh Living

Thanks for following along guys!


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  1. Rehoboth says:

    Excellent post

  2. Kelly says:

    One day when I finally get around to upcycling our coffee table I am going to use this technique. At the moment it is naturally distressed ha! I have featured it in our article (with a link back), Amazing Coffee Table Upcycles. I hope you are happy for me to do so, if not let me know. You can view the article here if you like,

  3. Amy Johnson says:

    I love it! What a difference!

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  7. Lindsay, I chalk paint all the time, but I’ve never lime waxed.. This is awesome look. Have you ever done a lime wash on a lighter stained piece of furniture? I have some dining room table chairs I was going to chalk paint, but maybe I will try a lime wash ?? hmmm Thanks for sharing last week at #TuneInThursday – I am featuring your post tomorrow.

    • Hi Debbie,
      I think the lime wash would actually work a little better on a lighter stained furniture piece! I have never tried it but I’ve seen a lot of lighter furniture pieces that have been lime washed and I love it! Good luck and let me know how it goes. Oh and thank you so much for the feature. Have a great weekend.

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  10. bonbon says:

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Monday. I wanted to let you know that you are one of my features this week. Come check it out

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  12. I love the look of the coffee table. This is definitely a technique I will be trying. Thanks for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party.

  13. What a cool way to update an old piece of furniture. Love it.

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  16. Rhonda Gales says:

    Wow, what a makeover! I’ll have to try lime wash. I love the finish. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  17. Benita says:

    Love it! Great improvement!

  18. Jann Olson says:

    It turned out perfect! I have never used Lime Wash before. Great job!! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  19. Snap says:

    Love your new limed “old” coffee table. Well done! Have a great weekend.

  20. Nina Lewis says:

    This table makeover turned out beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Party in Your PJs link party!

  21. This turned out so well! Love the way you styled the top, too!

  22. indah nuria says:

    I really love the finishing! It’s beautiful and unique indeed

  23. I love it! Thank you for sharing at The Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick®

  24. Miss Kitty says:

    Thanks for all of your great tips on liming. I have never done it but I love the look and maybe now after seeing your tutorial, I will give it a try.

  25. Christine says:

    I’ve been seeing more and more lime wax furniture pieces around. That must be coming back in style again. I’m excited about it because it was always a favorite.

    Your table turned out great, love the way it toned it down a bit.

  26. Jauquetta says:

    I love this look! When i redid my kitchen I stained them first w a soft pink, then white washed them w a grayish white. They were so awesome. I didn’t know about this wax but am going to try it out…it’s a nice middle ground between painting furniture whiie and leaving it natural. It has that French esthetic that I want in my house. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Kati says:

    I have always wanted to try lime wash. This coffee table turned out amazing!

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