Choosing a Finishing Product for your Painted Furniture

How do you decide which product to seal your piece with? Should you go with a wax or Tough Coat? We’re here to help!

In this brand new video tutorial company co-founder, Rosanne will talk about the differences between wax and Tough Coat to help you decide which will be best for your next project!

How To Choose a Finishing Product | Which Product To Use: Wax or Varnish

Option 1) No sealant

If you like a very matte finish and your piece will not undergo heavy wear and tear, you can skip this step entirely and choose not to seal it at all!

Option 2) Waxing

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To give your furniture a more professional looking finish, we love the look and feel of wax! Our Natural Wax will help you achieve a fine furniture finish which is perfect for everyday items that won’t get too much wear and tear.

Wax is applied with a wax brush or a lint-free rag, then buffed until it’s smooth and no longer tacky.

Option 3) Tough Coat

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Tough Coat is our go-to product for any furniture that will get a lot of heavy usage, such as table tops and kitchen cabinets. It is extremely durable and as you can see in these pictures, dries to a beautiful satin sheen.

Tough Coat is applied with a foam brush in long, smooth strokes.

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Here you can see the difference in sheen between natural wax (front) and Tough Coat’s satin finish (back). To see more visuals of the difference between natural wax and Tough Coat, click here.

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19 thoughts on “Choosing a Finishing Product for your Painted Furniture

  1. Interesting and very informative have not used wax to complete a dyi, will be in the near future,

  2. I love these products ! My next project is a dresser for my twins and I think I’ll need the top coat !

  3. My next project will be my kitchen cupboards– I was wondering if I would need a varnish to seal them but now I know I can use tough coat!

  4. I have completed three projects now. It’s so exciting. I am now going to paint the last piece of furniture in my living room, an ornamental fireplace mantle. A bigger project than I have done before, but I have discovered a polyurethane gives you a soft finish without too much work so that’s what I will use as a finishing coat. it’s all SO EXCITING 🙂

  5. My next project is a small end table. I am still learning about Country Chic Paint and products. Thanks for all the tutorials !!

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  6. I will be working on two little tables I picked up at a garage sale or maybe the small desk I have been putting off.

  7. I will be refinishing a buffet that’s as been in my family for years. Can’t wait to see its new look.

  8. Son has moved out and off to college so working on pieces to transition his room into sewing room/guest room.

  9. My next project will be a wooden chair to use at my sewing machine, complete with a comfy cushion! Have just finished my first project which is a small table / magazine rack.

  10. I’ll be using “midnight sky ” country chic paint for a picture/window frame project. I have used the natural wax on small projects for a while but it’s good to know about the tough coat!! I’ll be picking that up next ! 🙂 I love the country chic products and can’t wait to use them !

  11. I’m just completing a night table for my son. I’m using Tough Coat on the top and drawer, but wax for the rest. Love both products…just had to go back to my stockist to get a larger sized Tough Coat!

  12. Your videos are always so helpful for deciding how and what product to choose for each of my projects. Thank you!

  13. I was just looking for more info on this today for a buffet I’m going to start soon. Perfect timing, thank you!

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