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.
Finished wood. NO stain was applied that is just from the coconut oil!
Before
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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  • 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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