Many of you probably don’t know that I got my feet wet in design by first working in floral design. I did this for a number of years and the latter half was spent at a floral shop/antique store where I had the opportunity to learn about antique refurbishing and upcycling. This was well over a decade ago. So time and time again I see antiques go from wood to painted…. myself included… but if the piece is nice wood like the beautiful walnut end tables I am about to show you, I ask you to consider the option of giving a little love to the worn out wood and you might just be surprised of the results.
I first found these tables several years ago at the DI in rough shape… about the condition they’re in now. These have been through 5 moves and it shows.
This is the same process I did the first time. First start off by lightly sanding the table with some fine steel wool. Then wipe down with a damp rag and immediately towel dry it. Let it sit for a bit and fully dry.
Then grab an old towel or I used an old sock that had no mate and I wiped it down generously in Linseed Oil. That’s it.
Beautiful, no?! This is stinky so make sure you do it outside or open windows. Also, it is going to take several days to set up and harden. This is WAY more heavy duty than a Murphy’s Oil product and is kind of sticky til it hardens.
Here is the side by side before and after. Can you believe that something so simple could have such a drastic before and after.
The last time I did this was about 8 years ago. I think I could have held off doing this for a number of years had they not been through so many moves and had I been better about conditioning the wood along the way. But it doesn’t matter too much because, really… this is SO easy!
So the next time you think to paint a wood piece, consider that beauty might be only skin deep…
Happy Thursday everyone!