So, what have I been waxing today? No, not my legs. In celebration of November, I re-proofed my old wax Barbour coat. A few weeks ago, I found a long-forgotten Barbour in the back closet. In the spirit of my mantra, "wear the old coat, buy the new book", I decided it was cool. I had forgotten all the fun nooks and crannies, hidden zipper pockets, and such, Barbour incorporates into their coats. Much of the wax had worn away, so I ordered a can of wax thornproof dressing, to spruce it up a bit. The whole process was fairly easy, but time consuming. If you're going to attempt this project yourself, allow at a minimum of two hours, from start to finish. Now, amazingly enough, it looks brand new, even though it was purchased in 1989.
1. Open the tin and place in a pan of hot water, until the wax is soft and liquid.
2. Work the dressing well into the surface of the coat, a small area at a time, using a soft cloth or sponge. Make sure you pay extra attention to seams, creases and dry patches. Rub it in well, don't just paint it on.
3. For a factory finish, blow evenly with a hairdryer until all the shiny places look cloth-like.
4. Hang the coat overnight, in a warm place. That's it. Easy peasy.
I took this shot for comparison. The left side is before and the right side, after. What a difference.
Remember a few weeks back when I posted on the wonderful Laura Zindel pottery, with the spiders, bugs and fiddlehead ferns? Suki spotted some in a local shop in Vermont and was so sweet to send me a piece of my very own for my birthday. Thank you, dear friend. The lovely little bug dish is right at home at the manor.