2 Little Superheroes
2 Little Superheroes
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Refinishing Old Wood with Coconut Oil

$15
30 Minutes
Easy

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

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  • Francois
    on Nov 21, 2018

    Does the table surface become greasy after applying coconut oil

    • Heidid64
      on Jan 25, 2019

      It gets absorbed by the wood, conditioning it. Then you wipe off the extra. I've used it on wooden art pieces my aunt bought home from Europe (I believe Spain) about 40 years ago.

  • 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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  • Lisa
    on Jun 13, 2017

    Couldn't you use unscented and unflavored coconut oil???? Just saying! Also, due to the high cost of coconut oil, I just get murphys oil soap for the fraction of the cost, and old English for staining.
  • Bobbie hudson
    on Oct 1, 2018

    I’m inspired, I have two tables that my parents set up house keeping with in the early 60’s and the tops are showing wear and I have wondered what I could do to bring them back to life. Now I know I’m going to get some coconut oil and after I go thru your steps use the oil and see how they turn out. So glad I saw this.

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