I’ve mentioned my new little love of Briwax (check out my whole kitchen post here), but I thought it would help if I showed you some detail on how it worked. I should also mention that this is NOT a sponsored post; I’ve just loved the product and its results.
The kitchen cabinets were in pretty good shape. They were generally free of dings, but some did have a few scratches. The bigger issue was that they were dull and dirty, and the finish had been worn down or even off in some places (like where they were grabbed to be pulled open). I also wasn’t in love with the orangey tone of them. So, enter Briwax.
I ordered it in Tudor Brown (find all of the colors here), and I did the entire kitchen and the stair railings and I still have a decent amount left over. Part of the beauty of the Briwax is that there is no sanding and no top coat. The Briwax darkened them a bit, pulled out the grain, and left them smooth… begging to be touched! Even after cleaning, some were still a little grimy (like the ones over the stove), but the Briwax even took care of that.
My advice for you is to work on the inside of the doors first until you get used to how it works. Though honestly, the learning curve is quick and easy. Ready to try it for yourself?
2 Soft cloths (one for application, one for buffing/ wiping off excess)
butter knife (optional)
- Rub the wax on, generally going with the grain. I found it easy to use a little extra and then just wipe off rather than trying to spread too little around. The picture below shows the very beginning of my process on this door. I started in the corners and edges first, then wiped the flat recessed panel of the door next. Along the edges where the grain is perpendicular to the edge, I just sort of globbed it on, then was sure to buff in the direction of the grain.
- To keep the finish clean and not look distressed, I was sure to get the grooves cleaned out, running my fingernail or a butter knife covered with the cloth in the crack to get out any excess wax.
- Start rubbing in the wax in the direction of the grain. The finish will go from almost tacky to super smooth. That’s when you’ll know it is buffed well enough.
- After I completed a door, I would step back and make sure i didn’t miss a spot. If something didn’t look even, I would just rub a little more wax on and buff it out. Overall, though, the wax buffed very evenly.
If you’ve got a lot to do, plan to spread the task out! The buffing did wear me out a bit, so I would just do several doors at a time, then take a break.
I also used the wax on the stair handrail. It made a wonderful difference!
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