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FYI 08.11.14

Refinishing Old Wood with Coconut Oil

To refinish old dry wood simply sand and wash with warm soapy water. Let the wood dry out (after washing it). Now using a clean dry rag apply a thin coat of coconut oil. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so, and then buff (wipe in a circular motion). Repeat if the wood is really dry.

For this piece I also applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax as added protection.

The coconut oil brought out the natural color of the wood, re-hydrated the wood, and took away that old musty barn smell. Oh yeah and it's also a great hand moisturizer. It's a win-win!

I am so happy with the results and the best part is it totally non-toxic (people eat coconut oil) so the kids helped me with this project.

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Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $15 Difficulty: Easy

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  • Donna Church
    Donna Church Meriden, CT
    I had a glade plug in spill on my Hitchcock hutch any suggestions to fix that?
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    • Jan B.
      Jan B. Crossville, TN
      Donna Church try brown paper bag and warm iron...place bag down on oil spot then warm iron on bag...heat should make the oil get absorbed in to bag paper
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  • Debra Longyear
    I have water spots on my hardwood floors, any idea if this coconut oil repair would help this look better? Also, I have an oak dresser with water stains will it help that, or do you thing I would need to sand and restain it?
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  • Marge Carter
    Marge Carter Raleigh, NC
    that is terrific as I have an old wind up record player
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  • Rita
    Rita Fayette, OH
    This is a good source for coconut oil:

    Swanson Health Products: Vitamins and Supplements, Natural ...

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  • Jo P
    Jo P Peninsula, OH
    I use mineral oil on wood ...
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  • Julie Moyna
    Julie Moyna Santa Clarita, CA
    I love the versatility of this amazing oil! I eat a spoonful daily, apply to my skin after bathing, grease my pans and use on wood too! If you have a Trader Joe's near you, you can score a certified organic jar for $5.99! This and aloe vera are my go to
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  • Mari
    Mari Milwaukee, WI
    Way off subject of refinishing re: coconut oil --- It is fantastic for popping popcorn - it is simply delicious!
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  • Kimberly Schoffler Boynes
    OMG thats just awesome looking
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  • Sue
    Sue Saugus, MA
    Will animals or insects be attracted to the coconut oil smell?
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  • Jim
    Jim Chandler, AZ
    In addition to taking coconut oil personally daily and using daily after showers, I give my dog 2 tbls in dry food daily. He is 13 yrs old, it has given him new vitality & energy of a dog many years younger. It also works as a joint supplement as well.
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  • Nina Jordan-Smith
    Nina Jordan-Smith Louisville, KY
    I love the results on the table, I have one that I think I will try it on. I'm finding out more ways to use coconut oil every day. I use it on my hair when I flat iron, skin moisturizer, cooking...now furniture !! I think this is a product that I will be
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  • Patricia
    Patricia Suttons Bay, MI
    No, @Bethar13, just put 1 tsp. to 1 T. in your mouth and swish it around, pulling it through the cracks between your teeth. Then spit it all out. DO NOT swallow !! You are pulling the toxins,etc. out. You don't want to put them back !!
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    • Cindy Rickard
      Cindy Rickard Austin, TX
      Patricia Also...be sure to spit it out into a trash bag or empty can/bottle that can be thrown out. Not good to spit it down the sink...especially if you live where the pipes get cold.
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