Reviving Old Timber

When I discover my treasures, they are often a little worse for wear and require lots of TLC: washing crockery in hot, soapy water, soaking the insides of old bottles with fizzy denture tablets, polishing the black from tarnished silver, scrubbing away grime, dusting away, well, dust…the list goes on. I find a lot of timber items which have seen better days and while I love the gorgeous, rustic patina of old wood, it can sometimes do with a little TLC as well and NO, I do not think a lick of white paint and a little ‘shabbying up’ is the ticket (the thought makes me shudder!),  I love to give my timber items a soothing spa treatment with my home-made wax.

I was told about this recipe by one of my vintage-selling friends and it comes from the website Crunchy Betty – thanks Betty!

You will need:

  • 2 Tbsp beeswax finely grated or in beads – this can be purchased from most health food shops.
  • 6-7 Tbsp olive oil
  • a glass jar
  • a saucepan with water
  • a spoon

1) Finely grate 2 Tbsp of beeswax (I doubled the recipe because I use so much!)IMG_60902) Place it in the jar you want to store it in then pop the jar in some steaming hot (not boiling) water but do not let the water overflow into the jar. Leave it to melt, stirring occasionally – don’t be worried if it clumps together, it will eventually melt.IMG_60953) Once the wax has melted, add around 7 Tbsp of olive oil. The mixture might lump up again a bit but just keep stirring until the liquid becomes clear.IMG_6092When it’s ready, it should look lovely and clear like this….IMG_6105Leave it to cool and it will eventually look like this…IMG_6108Now find all your lovely timber and get your polish on! This wax protects and nourishes the timber while maintaining its gorgeous scuffed, worn character.IMG_6075I use my hands (this wax also makes a great skin moisturiser!) but you may use a soft cloth if you wish. Slap it on and rub it in. Some timber may be thirstier than others so have another go if it all soaks in.IMG_6077Here I have polished the top and half of the front of this old home-made fishing tackle box – see the difference!IMG_6078The wax really brings out the grain and highlights the patina.

IMG_6084  For best results leave for about 10-30 minutes then buff with a soft, clean cloth.  This should then leave a non-greasy finish to your timber.

I’m sure you’ve all got a little piece of tired timber at your place, why not give this easy recipe a go! Best of all, it’s all natural and food-safe so it can be used on items like breadboards.

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