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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.
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $15 Difficulty: Easy

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Ask the creator about this project

  • Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc. Canada
    on Mar 20, 2013

    That's a lovely finish on that little table!!!! <3 I have a table almost the exact same, I've clipped and tweeted your wonderful tip, I'll be using this trick for sure!

  • 2 Little Superheroes
    2 Little Superheroes Raleigh, NC
    on Mar 20, 2013

    Thanks Laurie, it's my first time using coconut oil. I bought it for a hair conditioner (I found that tip on Pinterest) and thought I'd try it on the table. Love it. One of my blog readers just informed me that she eats it and also uses it as a diaper rash cream!

  • Z
    on Mar 20, 2013

    There are lots of uses for Coconut Oil, but I'd never heard of this one. It sure made a difference in this neat table. I love how it darkened the wood yet still brought out beauty along with it's imperfections. Coconut Oil is also good for lowering Cholesterol.

  • Melissa B
    Melissa B Forney, TX
    on Mar 24, 2013

    Your table turned out beautifully! Another wonderful use for Coconut Oil!

  • 2 Little Superheroes
    2 Little Superheroes Raleigh, NC
    on Mar 24, 2013

    Thanks @Melissa B . I know I've just discovered Coconut Oil. Love it.

  • TJ
    TJ Andover, MN
    on Jul 2, 2013

    Great tip - I have never heard of using coconut oil. For sealing, an antique museum conservator said to use boot wax polish (make sure its the wax kind, not liquid). I used that on a spool cabinet that was drying out and splitting and it now looks beautiful. And they come in colors, too.

  • Joan Wilkey Cook
    Joan Wilkey Cook Asheville, NC
    on Sep 20, 2013

    Great job! I know very little about refinishing but want to try to revive wood of an old upholstered arm chair. Where did you purchase Efa Gold Coconut oil? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated!

  • 2 Little Superheroes
    2 Little Superheroes Raleigh, NC
    on Sep 22, 2013

    Thanks @Joan Wilkey Cook I bought the coconut oil on Amazon, but a few readers have said that it's cheaper at the grocery store.

  • Anne
    Anne Poplar Bluff, MO
    on Oct 3, 2013

    I tried your tip on an estate sale mirror frame that was totally dried and bleached out. I had coconut oil I had bought in the Dominican several years ago and had never used. It looks WONDERFUL! Thanks for the great tip!!

  • 2 Little Superheroes
    2 Little Superheroes Raleigh, NC
    on Oct 3, 2013

    Yay @Anne! I'm so happy to hear that!

  • Pati Mandrey Edwards
    Pati Mandrey Edwards Concord, NH
    on Oct 17, 2013

    What a great idea - I have several pieces that could use this technique!

  • 2 Little Superheroes
    2 Little Superheroes Raleigh, NC
    on Oct 18, 2013

    I'm happy this little trick could help @Pati Mandrey Edwards

  • Tracymc7
    on Nov 12, 2013

    I am so excited to try this. I have a really bad water mark on my dining room table, and I've been meaning to refinish it for years. Can I ask what you used to sand it with? I am a bit scared to start sanding. Thanks for this idea! Thanks again!

    • Wanda Brethorst
      Wanda Brethorst Racine, WI
      on Jan 3, 2014

      @Trac Just a suggestion on a product I have used on water spots/marks on wood items for years. JASCO furniture white ring remover. I could not believe how well it works!! You would never know there was a mark or ring there. It works for heat or water marks--they disappear. I just noticed a long white drip down a wooden bathroom door?? A pump handsanitizer bottle must have oversprayed and hit the door instead of someones hand. I saw this article and had a aha moment about JASCO SO I found it and it WORKED!!! I thought I was going to have to stain the door--NOPE--you would never know there was a large long white stripe going down the door 10 minutes ago. It is a cloth folded up in a small round container and lasts a real long time. I get mine at the local hardware store-family owned! Hope you see this and it helps your table. I removed many a heat or water ring/mark from clients tables they thought they would have to sand down or send out fro repair!!! :)

  • Eula Walters
    Eula Walters Inwood, WV
    on Dec 31, 2013

    for trac....good luck getting out a water stain! I've had a table refinished by a pro and the water stain is still there. You would need to do some serious sanding to get it out. My advice is to clean the piece up good, then use the coconut oil & then a good polish. Set a vase over the water spot & you have a beautiful piece of furniture!

  • Sandy
    Sandy Columbia, MO
    on Jan 2, 2014

    Does anyone know if the coconut oil finish will last or will it need to be reapplied.

    • Ann
      Ann Canada
      on Jan 3, 2014

      @Sandy did you find out sandy?

  • Sue
    Sue Concord, NH
    on Jan 2, 2014

    Buy it from vitacost for giant jugs of coconut oil at the cheapest price.... Especially if you are using it for many different things! (Single mom of 4... Not a rep :) )

  • Nancy dale mccombs
    Nancy dale mccombs Sale Creek, TN
    on Jan 2, 2014


  • Carol B
    Carol B Wakefield, MA
    on Jan 3, 2014

    I'm going to buy myself some coconut oil. The table looks great!

  • Vicky Dunsmore Paschke
    Vicky Dunsmore Paschke Livonia, MI
    on Jan 3, 2014

    I was just wondering if I could use the coconut oil finish on a swing that was previously treated with linseed oil.

  • Cathie F
    Cathie F Ludington, MI
    on Jan 3, 2014

    Coconut oil is the best I use it everyday all over after showers works better then any lotion

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