Wood is lovely, but at times it does not age well, or exposure makes the veneer or varnish suffer needlessly.
This page can help you revive that nice dresser or nightstand, not so that it regains its monetary value as much as that it still looks attractive in your home.
Total Time: 30 minutes to one hour
- It is always a good idea to clean your furniture thoroughly with Murphy's Oil Soap before you begin. You can either buy the spray version, or dilute it one part to 3 parts water on a rag, then rub it on the wood.
- Look for the marker that most complements your piece of furniture. Then, after your furniture has dried from the washing, simply draw on your wood! This can be a fun step for children to finish. It can also be helpful during this step to rub in the ink with a rag each time you draw on your piece of wood. It can also be helpful to draw over the same area multiple times.
- Let it dry for a while. I would say, wait at least 5 minutes, because you don't want the ink to rub off in your next step.
- After the marker is all dry, then take equal parts olive oil and vinegar, shake them up really well in a jar, and rub it on the wood with a terry robe or other porous cloth.
- As you can see, it looks great! As good as new, when viewed in a certain light. As you can see in my photos, this really nice and pricey nightstand was worthless before the treatment. But now, unless you look at it up close, it looks as good as new. I also tried this treatment with 3 other nightstands and a rolling cart on this particular day, and the results were impressive each time.
January 16, 20228 found this helpful
This is yet another example of someone giving out wrong information about "restoring" furniture. Used motor oil has a beautiful golden brown color, it does not mean you should rub it all over your furniture, either.OLIVE OIL, COCONUT OIL, SAFFLOWER OIL,MINERAL OIL, ANY NON DRYING OILS, DO NOT BELONG ON FURNITURE. If you rub oil into wood you are CONTAMINATING IT and rendering it unsuitable for actual, proven, proper restoration techniques developed over hundreds of years by people who actually know what they're doing!
Sure it'll probably look better for a little while, but it will not last and provides ZERO protection for the wood. Olive oil has fat in it, that can go rancid, grow mold, get sticky and attract dust, dirt, and even mice, rats and other vermin.Vinegar is Acetic acid, and will attack many finishes, softening them and causing more damage than it can "repair" I am a furniture restorer of 40+ years, and am so tired of fighting this misinformation all around the web
February 2, 20223 found this helpful
So can you tell us what you do use? That would be helpful. Ive used beeswax before on a Victorian dressing table. Ive used a Matt Varnish on a beautiful walnut desktop. Super pleased with both projects. Would love you to edify us.