Painted furnishings can final a lifetime whenever you seal it with a topcoat, however what topcoat or sealer works the very best?

I just lately completed one of many final two DIY initiatives in my master suite makeover. It has been some time since I final shared any of the updates within the room with you.  A query from a reader, Kim, requested May she use wax on prime of a transparent coat poly product to seal painted furnishings? That made me understand I had not shared how I painted the desk within the workplace facet of the room with you but.

Kim was sad with how the clear coat poly she used regarded on her newly painted piece of furnishings. I assumed the query was very well timed since for the desk I painted just lately, I attempted a “new-to-me” poly to seal the painted end. I didn’t like the way it regarded on the highest of the desk, a lot in order that I wasn’t going to even submit the desk makeover.

Kim’s query made me understand that errors are a part of the DIY course of and I ought to share my painted desk sealing mistake with you.


I painted Ed’s desk with Fusion Mineral Paint within the shade Liberty Blue. I used the identical paint/shade to stencil the partitions in my visitor tub which turned out amazingly nicely and hid plenty of imperfections on the partitions.

I additionally used it to color fake French enameled door indicators for the hallway of darkness in my home. I like this paint and can use it once more. I like the colour – clear, vivid, not a boring blue and it has a pleasant consistency.

When utilizing Fusion Mineral Paint on furnishings, they state topcoat is just not wanted, however is advisable for tabletops for added sturdiness. They’ve a couple of topcoats and sealers of their product line in case you want to seal your piece. I like so as to add a wax topcoat to offer sturdiness and add a delicate sheen.

How to seal painted furniture with wax(I nonetheless have to connect the one facet of the highest to the bottom of the desk. Within the photograph you possibly can see it’s popped up).

What I didn’t like after portray the desk was the “Powerful Coat wipe-on poly” that I used to seal and defend the highest of the desk. In truth, it regarded terrible – streaky and uneven. 🙁

I used to be upset with myself for not testing a “new-to-me” product out first on a bit of scrap wooden earlier than utilizing it on a giant piece of furnishings. Lesson realized 🙂

Discover I mentioned “regarded” as prior to now tense.

The photograph above exhibits how the highest of the desk seems to be now… after I ended up sanding the poly off and repainting it. I then sealed the desk with my “go-to” sealing methodology on painted furnishings which is comfortable wax that’s buffed with a comfortable fabric to a delicate sheen.


To do that, I used one other of the Fusion Mineral Paint waxes referred to as, Furnishings Wax.  It’s comfortable and clean. Straightforward to use and offers a sturdy end with a stupendous luster. I appreciated this product.

As soon as I had the desk waxed and buffed I used to be very pleased with the outcomes and promised myself to all the time TEST! “new-to-me” merchandise on scrap items of wooden first to not solely see how they give the impression of being, however to determine the appropriate software methodology. Typically it takes a brand new talent that takes time to be taught.

Why I Didn’t Just like the Matte Powerful Coat Wipe-On Poly

The Matte Powerful Coat wipe-on poly was exhausting to use evenly over the big flat floor which made it look streaky when dry. My mistake was not studying all of the instructions or watching the video about it on the Fusion Mineral Paint web site earlier than I started utilizing the product.

What I realized too late was that they don’t suggest utilizing the wipe-on poly over medium to darkish paint colours as a consequence of water vapor being trapped which may trigger streaking.  I can attest to this… it does. Observe to self… learn the labels!

My Really useful Technique to Seal Painted Furnishings If Utilizing Polyurethane

Bathroom vanity made over using off white chalk paint and clock face cabinet door knobs

For 98% of my painted furnishings makeovers, I like the graceful clear end comfortable/paste wax offers a painted end, however I don’t use it for all the pieces. Once I revamped this rest room cupboard with DIY chalk paint in my earlier home, I sealed it with brush-on Minwax Polycrylic in a satin end. It got here out fantastically and was straightforward to realize.

I believe including wax to guard a painted end appears scary to some folks. Poly looks as if the simpler methodology, however when you get the grasp of utilizing wax – you understand it’s so straightforward to use and buff.

The opposite purpose I like utilizing clear wax to guard painted furnishings is that one other layer may be reapplied at any time and can mix proper in. You possibly can’t do that with poly when it’s worthwhile to repair a scratch or mark that will get on the wooden. You need to sand the world after which repaint and re-poly. This may create layers on prime of the end. You will note the repair. While you use wax  – the repair will mix proper in.

The Proper Technique to Apply Furnishings Wax to Painted Furnishings

One other factor many assume you want if you find yourself waxing to seal a bit of painted furnishings is lots of wax to create a sturdy end. This can be a mistake. Much less wax is best.

With wax, one gentle skinny coat utilized with a comfortable lint-free rag or store towel after which buffed with one other clear towel will present a clean, even end that has a delicate sheen. In order for you extra safety, merely add one other gentle layer of wax over the floor and buff once more. Buffing is just the method of taking a clear, comfortable lint-free rag over the floor in a round movement with some muscle behind it till the fabric slides throughout the floor.

On my kitchen desk which will get lots of use, I add a brand new layer of wax yearly. Making use of a brand new layer takes 1o minutes. For each different piece of chalk painted furnishings on which I’ve used wax to seal the floor, I haven’t had so as to add new wax. Some are occurring eight years. So the worry that you’ll have to maintain waxing the furnishings each few months is just not legitimate.

My Favourite Painted Furnishings Sealing Merchandise

Portray furnishings is all about including your model to the piece. Everybody that has painted furnishings could have their very own preferences. All of us have a unique talent set and use totally different brushes, rollers and rags to makeover furnishings. All of those issue into how a painted piece will prove.

Once I paint furnishings, I just like the look of clear wax over the paint. I do know that many choose the look of coloured or darkish waxes over the paint to make the end look antiqued or so as to add depth. Most manufacturers of waxes make coloured waxes additionally. I’ve used these on a couple of items.

Each clear comfortable (or paste) wax and water-based poly merchandise like Polycrylic seal and defend the painted end in an invisible manner and don’t change the colour of the wax. They could deepen the colour a bit and add a delicate sheen, however they don’t change the colour.

I appreciated the Fusion Mineral Paint Furnishings Wax I used on the desk, however I additionally just like the furnishings waxes pictured under. I’ve used and suggest all of them.  The least costly being – Johnson’s Paste Wax to the priciest – Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax.


1. Kilz Sealing Clear Wax – I’ve solely used this as soon as up to now on this evening desk. I actually appreciated it. It was straightforward to buff to a sheen. It prices round $20.

2. Annie Sloan Clear Wax – You possibly can’t go fallacious with this wax. It goes on very easily and is less complicated to buff than any of the opposite waxes I’ve used. It runs round $25.

three. Miss Mustard Seed Clear Wax – A pleasant comfortable wax that’s straightforward to buff. I additionally use her “white” coloured wax on my kitchen desk – which supplies the unstained wooden a whitewashed look. $16

four. Johnson’s Paste Wax – Is a cut price at round $7 a can and works nice. The one draw back is the odor as you apply it. As soon as dry it has no odor, however till it does, the odor may be overwhelming. I solely use this once I can work exterior or in my storage.

5. Fiddes and Sons Supreme Clear Wax – This can be a medium priced wax. It sells for about $22 a can. I’ve used this model greater than any of the others. It has a slight odor, however not as dangerous because the Johnson’s. It buffs simply. I utilized in on the sideboard I painted turquoise. 

6. Minwax Polycrylic – Is the very best water-based poly to make use of to seal painted furnishings. It’s cheap and works nice. You possibly can’t go fallacious making use of it whenever you use a high quality brush and/or a foam flocked curler with rounded ends.  Apply in gentle coats, letting every coat dry earlier than making use of one other gentle coat. 2- three coats will create a sturdy end. It’s offered in half of pints and quarts ranging in value from $11 – $18.

Polycrylic additionally is available in a sprig can. I choose utilizing a sprig on sure items which have lots of element. Once I see a can of it, I purchase it instantly as it may be exhausting to seek out.


What Furnishings Paint Topcoats and Sealers I Do Not Advocate

I’m not a fan of sealers referred to as clear coats, robust coats, wipe-on poly, comfortable varnish, or cream wax merchandise.  The reason being that they’re exhausting to rub onto giant flat surfaces, like a desk prime, in a uniform manner. Additionally they need to be utilized with a lightweight hand and recoated to fill in missed spots and guarantee even protection. This causes streakiness.

If not utilized appropriately, they have an inclination to dry improperly and turn out to be cheesy.  It’s essential to have particular expertise to get it excellent.If I can’t get it proper after making over dozens of items of furnishings, then somebody newer to the furnishings makeover course of might actually discover it difficult. I’d hate for somebody to assume they’re a failure at furnishings portray and sealing when the issue is only a difficult product.

The issue is just a finicky product that takes talent to grasp. There are such a lot of higher sealers in the marketplace that can give nice outcomes with much less effort.

When is a Sealer or Topcoat Not Wanted Over Painted Furnishings?

If you happen to use gloss paint, you would not have to make use of a sealer.  In truth in case you do, you’ll alter the sheen. The gloss end is hard, wipeable and acts as a sealer all by itself.




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