5 Minute Refresh for Worn-out Wood

Today I thought I’d share a quick tip with you all.  I don’t know about y’all, but it seems like quick projects are all I can find time for right now!

Do you have any wood frames or furniture that look a little tired?  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture (I hate that!), but this little wooden stool that my son uses to reach the sink has been dripped on one a million too many times.  The wood was definitely looking a little dry and sad, almost white in places.  I’ve recently seen lots of hemp oil and other specialty products being used to refresh wood, but I wanted to give it a facelift without spending any extra money.  So to freshen it up, I used two products I keep under my sink with my cleaning supplies: lemon oil and paste wax.  Even if you don’t keep the products, they can be found at most grocery stores – no need to order or even visit a home improvement store.

Just a little lemon oil on a paper towel rubbed into the wood and a couple minutes to dry.  Here it is after just the lemon oil (trust me, it made a huge difference!)

Then a scoop of wax on a paper towel.  Rub it into the wood in a circular motion and leave it a couple more minutes to dry.

Buff it (i.e. rub it firmly in a circular pattern) with an old t-shirt to remove the wipe streaks and to give it a little shine.

All done! 5 minutes and a beautifully refreshed piece. Ready for the kids’ bathroom:

Or, with its little facelift, it could even grace the powder room:

Anybody else with a quick refresh tip you’d like to share?  Please leave a comment so we can all benefit!

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