How to: Lime Furniture

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Last week Jonathan blogged this rustic bed. Liming, based on an old technique to protect furniture from insects, is less slick than painting, with a wider margin of error, and easy to achieve with a minimum of effort. The technique after the jump...

  1. No need to prep your piece. Apply this finish directly to bare wood. It works equally well on wood that’s stained or even refinished! Try it over waterbased stains, on old driftwood, wood floors or, even, coarse pottery. We do suggest testing it in an inconspicuous corner to see if you like the effect.
  2. Optional step: raise the grain by brushing your piece vigorously with a wire brush.
  3. Apply a liming wax (such as Briwax Liming Paste) to the wood. Apply sparingly using a cotton cloth.
  4. Rub the liming wax into the grain. Remove the excess paste.
  5. Overcoat with clear wax polish For a more distressed, antiqued look, overcoat with a light brown wax.

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[Image via House Beautiful]