…dare i say topcoat?

DA DA DAAAAAAA. (Insert scary and intimdating music here.)

Was there drama around me discussing Rust-Oleum on my site? Yes. Do I still think discussing options for new products out there is important? Yes. So, if you have strong feelings about the topic and feel the need to balk at me for writing on such matters I would recommend closing this email. I’m about to say something provocative – I LIKE this topcoat!

And what’s even more provacative than this? YOU will too!

Bah-ha-ha-ha. (Sinister voice.)

I love painting furniture and have been painting for over 12 years now. What is my least favorite part of the process? Waxing and buffing. It is a lot of work. So, when Sue from The Treasured Hunt told me about this topcoat, I was very interested. Before you judge, let me show you pictures of what happens when it is used on a natural wood surface.

You will see the lighter, freshly sanded wood top here. The darker strokes are the wood with this topcoat applied.

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This is exciting, Guys. This topcoat will give you a protected, finished look on your stained or sanded down wood regardless of paint. It can clean up your dingy, stained wood too like it did on this table. No, the wood will not stay as light as it is straight after sanding, but it will bring out the beautiful worm holes and knots in your old wood.


I was so pleased with the rich, consistent results that I decided to use it on the legs of this table as well. I had not touched the legs and base because I like the oldness of it, but at the same time I wanted to clean it up a bit. I am so happy with the results. You can see the difference below. I don’t think the darkening of the color takes away from its beauty.


Here is the final result of my workman’s table aka, my new writing table. You can see that once the topcoat has settled the table still looks old and authentic. What is the difference between topcoat and wax? The application.





Do I have your interest? Check in tomorrow and I will show you how to apply this liquid topcoat. Spoiler – it cuts your waxing time in half.


  1. This is awesome news. Sooooo glad you reviewed this. a saviour from waxing….happy girl here. Can’t wait to see your tutorial tomorrow!

  2. Marilyn says:

    Do you think it will yellow a white or antique white paint finish? I would like a topcoat that doesn’t yellow.

    • Carol Buddin says:

      I always topcoat table tops…for cleanliness and durability. I use Farmhouse Paint on the other parts of the table because it DOES NOT need wax. Most people hate waxing and don’t do it well. So many new paint products don’t require wax, because people dislike that chore! General Finishes Paint also has a good topcoat.

  3. Anything that saves time and preserves the beauty of an old piece is a no brainer. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’ve done something similar on my furniture and I love it. I will most definitely try this product. Can you paint it over the chalk paint?

  5. Brilliant!

  6. Lisa Yost says:

    I will talk AT you now…YOU. ARE. ONE. AMAZING. GIRL!!!!! I love everything about you, your blog(s), your life, your family, your talent, your recommendations, your honesty and your humility! Thank you for it ALL!!! PS…I still love a good slick wax finish, and this is a great option, too…especially on older raw wood pieces! Beautiful!!

  7. Maureen Wahl says:

    I discovered this top coat this winter and I love it! It works on both the Rustoleum Chalked paint and on Annie Sloan, if a top coat is what I want instead of a wax. I used to teach and if, as a teacher, I wasn’t open to new ideas, I would have been criticized. I can’t believe you got flack from having an open mind and a willingness to try new things. I think it shows growth as both a person and an artist and I, for one, applaud you for it! Thanks for a great blog~ look forward to reading each new entry!!

  8. Thank you for sharing this. I love the results on your new writing table!

  9. I have used a product I absolutely love from General Finishes to do the same thing. It’s their Flat Out Flat topcoat. AMAZING

  10. Heidi English says:

    Thank you for sharing can’t wait to see the tutorial on this tomorrow. Waxing is not one of my favorite things to do, so looking forward to using this product.

  11. Would this/could this be used on a acrylic painted surface too? I chalk painted our coffee table & then painted a picture on top of it, did it a year ago and I’m so afraid that whatever I top coat it with will ruin it because I don’t want any coffee cup rings but I have no idea what to use…and so it sits here unprotected :/

  12. Oh my gosh, thank you for this post. I love painting and rehabing just about anything. However, I was recently diagnosed with a condition of the autonomic system. Basically all the things the brain controls like heart rate, etc. Unfortunately raising my arms abovemy heart and moving my arms effects my heart rate and blood flow to the point that I pass out. While I love the chalk paint and the wax. I can no longer do the rub on and rub off. This looks great and I am sure takes less time. Thank you for sharing this product. I can’t wait to try it out.

  13. Forgot to ask. Can you use it over a previously waxed piece or do you need to sand off the wax?

  14. I have tried it also and love it. hikchik

  15. Thank you for reviewing this product. I recently started using chalk paint and I’ve been experimenting with different brands trying to figure out what the difference is between them. I really appreciate an expert opinion on an alternative to wax because in my limited experience, I can already see it isn’t the best option for every piece (although it truly is awesome on some).

  16. What if you use the dark wax to antique something? Would this go over that, or you need to use a different product to get the same shabby look??

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