Refinishing Old Wood with Coconut Oil

30 Minutes

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.
Apply coconut oil with dry rag.
Finished wood. NO stain was applied that is just from the coconut oil!
The table before.
I left the original paint finish. But applied a coat of the coconut oil over top of the paint (since the wood shows through).

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3 of 30 questions
  • Francois
    on Nov 21, 2018

    Does the table surface become greasy after applying coconut oil

  • Jodie
    on Mar 17, 2019

    I want to try this process, but I was wondering if the wood is reconditioned, after allowing the coconut oil to dry, can I apply a stain and then seal it with polyurethane?

    Thank you for any advice!

  • Lindo
    on May 23, 2019

    I love the idea, Because of dust, afraid to try it on my front door.

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  • Christine Pardo
    on Jan 5, 2020

    Coconut oil does not get rancid. But, yes, beeswax, linseed or hemp will all do the same.

  • Jody Price
    on Jan 27, 2020

    Thank you! I've got several old pieces that I don't want to paint. Great job!

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