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How To Make Your Own Beeswax Furniture Polish

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I love painting furniture, I think it is one of the fastest ways to change or upcycle an old piece, plus you can mask any imperfections using paint. Most of the time I like to use beeswax on my furniture as a sealant. In fact I like it so much I make my own. Making your own beeswax furniture polish is easier than you think!

Wood box, beeswax furniture polish in a jar and on a plate.

When I started the blog I knew nothing about any of this painting and furniture stuff.  I found out that to seal in chalk paint I would need a sealant.  Beeswax was the most common.  Now many of you know I live in the boondocks and we don’t even have chalk paint here.  

​So when I had gone up to the big city I priced wax furniture polish.  It was about 12 Euros for 500 grams (that would be about $15).  This was way over my budget at the time because I didn’t know how to use it, I certainly wasn’t going to spend that much.  So I came up with a cheaper solution, I decided to make my own.  I found a recipe on the internet and proceeded.  Forgive me if I do not remember where I got it from. The cost ended up being half of that for almost twice the wax. 

Piece of beeswax and tin of olive oil placed on a plate.

2 Ingredients Needed for the Beeswax Furniture Polish:

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One part beeswax
Two parts olive oil

Cut up pieces of beeswax.

I like to use olive oil from my farm but you can also use Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You can even substitute mineral oil.

Olive oil in a glass cup.

How to Make Beeswax Furniture Polish

Place the beeswax in a pot and let it melt under warm medium heat.  You can also use a double boiler.

Beeswax in a pot ready to be melted.

Keep on adding the wax till it all melts.

Melting the beeswax.

Add the oil of your choice. Stir it well and then remove from the heat. At this point you can also add any essential oils that you want.

Adding olive oil to the melted beeswax.

Carefully pour it into a jar or container of your choice.  Be careful because it will be very hot.

You can see the spilled wax dries instantaneously.  The jar takes longer to solidify, about half an hour. 

And that is it. You now have a jar of homemade beeswax furniture polish!

Beeswax mixture poured into jar.

How to Use Beeswax Furniture Polish

Using a clean cotton cloth take a bit of the wax and rub it into the wood.

Beeswax furniture polish on cotton cloth.

Below you can see that the right hand side has been waxed while the left has not.

Wooden box showing the left un-waxed side and the right waxed side.

After a few minutes rub the excess wax off. Keep rubbing till you get a nice sheen. It is also very good for your hands since it is made of natural ingredients so don’t worry if you get some on your skin.

There is nothing like it for a soft, buttery smooth finish.  The only drawback is that it needs to be reapplied once a year. And it should not be used on high traffic items, such as your kitchen table.

Wooden box polished with beeswax.

The first project I ever used it on was my table made from a stool and drawer. And this ancient tray which was painted in black.

Black tray polished with beeswax.

I’ve even used it on metal painted with chalk paint in this vintage suitcase makeover.

Polished wooden box placed with books, a chess set, chess pieces and empty wine bottles.

It goes without saying that you can also use it on unpainted wood.  But it is especially good for chalk painted wood because it seals in the chalk paint.

Close up of the polished wooden box.

Not only is this good for your pocketbook and for your skin, but it is also green and good for our earth.  I can’t see any reasons not to try this great recipe for making your own beeswax furniture polish. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think, and if you’ve already tried tell me what your recipe is.

Close up of the polished wooden box with text overlay saying "how to make your own beeswax furniture polish"

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Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Hi Mary, I have some beeswax and I'm feeing inspired to give this a go. However my beeswax is yellow and I'm wondering if that plus the OO will discolour my powder blue chalk paint finish? What do you think? I don't know if applying a thin layer will leave a colour or not. Would be interested to hear your thoughts!

Best wishes


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Wednesday 6th of May 2020

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Monday 14th of August 2017

I'm all for using natural products, and also for saving money while doing it. Extra virgin olive oil is very expensive over here, so I might try the mineral oil instead. It looks like your wood is loving it! Glad to know of this. Thanks Mary!


Monday 14th of August 2017

You don't have to use the extra virgin since you aren't making a salad. Any oil will do I'm sure. Let me know what you think.

Angie ~ Ambient Wares

Monday 14th of August 2017

This recipe does look good enough to eat! It looks like pie slices in one of the earlier pics :D I've got some beeswax from when I made some lip balm a while ago and haven't done anything with it since so I'll have to give this a shot! Pinned


Monday 14th of August 2017

Haha When we bought it it came in the farm of a round pie. So I can see where that is coming from. Just don't eat it!

wendy robbins

Monday 14th of August 2017

I always love more homemade recipes for housecleaning! Enjoyed the post.


Monday 14th of August 2017

Thank you Wendy. If we are DIYers why not make our own products as well.

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