The addition of wax to any finish really gives it that final sophisticated touch. Amy Howard At Home® Liming Wax™ really pops after being used. The "white wash" finish is another term for liming.
When liming a piece, you should start with using a wood with an open, loose grain; like oak. The open grain allows for the liming wax to fill into the grain as opposed to the moldings. It also works on vivid colored pieces to make them less vibrant if you are looking to create more of a pastel color.