Refinishing Furniture with Coconut Oil

I picked up this little side table at my favourite shop for $25 this weekend. It must have spent a few too many years hiding out in a barn, because it was completely covered in about 1/4″ of dirt.

But it’s the sturdiest little table and deserved a second chance at life. And those chippy blue legs were just too much. You know I can’t resist old chippy blue paint.

One problem. It wasn’t for sale. The shop owner was about to re-finish it herself.

Somehow I convinced her to sell it. Really I think she was just happy to have one less project to do that weekend. My win.

thrift-store-table-makeover-@2littlesuperheroesRefinishing Furniture with Coconut Oilall-natural-furniture-refinishingLove the old cookbook pages that were clinging to the surface. I kind of hated to sand them off.

After removing about a hundred nails from the surface (it must have had another top on it), sanding the table top, and doing some serious washing with warm soapy water it was ready for a new look.


Actually I loved the way it looked. Just wanted to clean the wood up and leave it exactly as it was. People (OK me) pay big bucks for that milk paint look.

The wood was just so dry. Since I loved the dark walnut colour and didn’t want to mess it up with stain (I can’t pick out a stain colour to save my life).

In the past I have used vegetable oil to re-hydrate old wood, but wasn’t really happy with it. So I needed something else.

I came across this tutorial from How Does She on using coconut oil in your hair. Yup I did it. I believe anything that I find on Pinterest.

But the hair one actually works. After one use my hair is shiny and stronger. Looks like coconut oil is even good for dogs . You need to run out right now and get yourself a big old tin of coconut oil. Throw some in your hair. And while waiting for the magic to happen in your hair start buffing your thrift store furniture.You need to run out right now and get yourself a big old tin of coconut oil. Throw some in your hair. And while waiting for the magic to happen in your hair start buffing your thrift store furniture.

I found the coconut oil on Amazon.

restore-old-woodI used a clean dry rag and applied a thin coat of the coconut oil. Then buffed it. Refinishing furniture with coconut oil really is that easy.

coconut-oil-refinishing-furniture-@2littlesuperheroesLook at that beautiful old wood now. Squeal.  The coconut oil worked so well, and as a bonus it also took away that musty old barn smell.

miss-mustard-seed-furniture-waxTo give the table some protection I applied a thin coat of Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Wax. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then buffed it with a clean dry rag. I did two coats as I have two destructive boys. One coat for each destructive child.

coconut-oil-refinished-tablenatural-wood-refinishingdiy-wood-refinishingtable-makeoverI highly recommend trying out coconut oil for your next refinishing project. And if it doesn’t work out at least you’ll have yourself some beautiful strong shiny hair.

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266 thoughts on “Refinishing Furniture with Coconut Oil

  1. Hi, I fond your work truely beautifull, now Im building outdoor furnitures to garnish my balcony and I liked the treatment with the coconut oil which I have some in my kitchen. Now do you think its ok to put some cocon ut oil and then à wood sealer since it’s going to be outside?

  2. Thanks Danielle for sharing all this info with us. I knew little about coconut oil before reading your article but this also gives much info me and definitely others. I haven’t use it but will use definitely for re-finishing.

  3. Thank you for this coconut oil use information.
    I just discovered using unfiltered for skin irritation and I can’t get over how great it works.

  4. The table looks great! If you have an Aldi ‘s store near you they carry coconut oil at great price.

  5. I have a old grandfather clock that needs some areas finished where stains had worn off . Would this work to just touch up worn areas ?

    • Yeah, but can your grid system improve my coconut oil refinishing project outcome?

      Well, at least you used recognizable English.
      But I still have NO IDEA WHY YOU’RE HERE!!!

  6. Refinishing Furniture with Coconut Oil
    Costco and Sam’s club carry 54 and 72 ounce jars of Coconut oil for under $20.00 I also use it for cooking, as a lotion for our skin, there are many uses for coconut oil just check out a few websites you will be amazed.

  7. Wow, what a change from how the table originally looked! I feel like every time I go on the internet, I learn a new way to use coconut oil. I hadn’t even thought of using it for furniture restoration! Thanks for the tip; I’ll consider using coconut oil next time I’m looking to make some old wood furniture shine again.

  8. Please be careful when using oils on furniture or anything else where it will be sitting and exposed to air. Many oils will actually break down and putrify over time. Vegetable oil is definitely on this this. Coconuts are resistant to spoiling, so it will take some time. I have used walnut oil and mineral oil on furniture before, but please be careful with what you choose.

  9. Wow, that’s amazing. I would have never thought of using coconut oil on wood. I usually just add a couple tablespoons to my morning muesli and yogurt for some healthy fats in my diet. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Thank you so much for your blog! I just tried the coconut oil on my kitchen cabinets and window trim–WOW! They have never looked so good. Gorgeous color & shine. The oil also removed some of the stubborn latex paint flecks that a bad paint job had left behind on the window trim, hooray! Thank you for sharing yet another wonderful use for coconut oil. xox

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  12. Thank you for having such an awesome blog. You inspired me to redo a piece of furniture I found at the curb. Keep up the great work!

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  14. Question, do I have to sand down the wood before doing this? I have furniture my great grandfather made for me when I was just a kid (about 15 years ago) and its looking dull and needs boost… but he’s not around to restore the furniture for me anymore (he just lives a good 1800 miles away…) Im looking for a way to restore it without going into a full blow project and sanding away the stain… especially since I’m not brave enough to do it to priceless furniture.

  15. Coconut oil is very good.Wonderful. I also have table which is very old. I will try this on my wooden table. For the protection of wood this is very important to clean the wood with coconut oil.

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  18. I want to seal a diy wood cutting board. Coconut, mineral, mustard… which is safest for food use, as well as something that will be frequently washed? Thanks.

    • Well, I do know that coconut oil is edible. The others, I don’t think that they are. So I plan to use the coconut on my cutting board.

        • For cutting boards, use 100% mineral oil (for cutting boards and butcher blocks), then for a topcoat use a bees wax and mineral oil blend and buff it to a nice shine. These are both FDA approved and food safe and meant for cutting boards and butcher blocks.

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    • Wow, Danielle, this is spooky project…..I was born during WWII….I own a small table quite like the one in this project! It originally belonged to my grandparents who told me they ‘went to housekeeping’ with this and used it in kitchens their entire life. I sat there many meals when our family visited from far off places. I simply cannot let it go so right now it sits with other furnishings in my 2 10X15 storage units while I await moving into my downsized condo. The table must come with me and your description and photos inspire me. Thank you!

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  26. Hi Danielle,

    Great article.

    Another thing you can do is to ‘harden’ your coconut oil with beeswax to give a waterproof, polishable seal.

    1 part beeswax to 3 parts coconut oil. Melt in a double-boiler and mix. Pour into a suitable container.

    Spread on to your wood and rub in with a cloth, leave to dry. When dry, you can polish with a clean cloth. You get the shine of beeswax with the wood feeding of coconut oil.

    I live where both are available locally and local villages specialise in their production. The beeswax gives the polish a lovely colour and it lasts forever – they have dug up beeswax-polished pieces from ancient Egypt that are still pliable and polish up with a quick rub-down :)

    • Thanks for one of the few USEFUL replies on this tutorial. I’m going to experiment with your idea. I have heard about using coconut oil to moisturize fine furniture (“fine”=stained and varnished), but not about using on stripped or unfinished wood. I can’t wait to try it, with the beeswax it sounds smart, and saves on the cost of the commercial wax she added.

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  32. I use coconut oil on everything, hair, body, food…..
    Love the table. Can I use the oil to give moisture to dry wood and then paint over it?????

    • You would have to wait a long, long time for the coconut oil to completely dry before painting.

      Why would you want to oil, then paint? It just doesn’t make sense. You oil to protect and to bring out the grain. You paint to protect and to give a non-wood colour to wood.

      Oil and paint – not a smart idea.

      • I had the same question! (oil to moisten brittle wood, then paint). I have an old bureau left out in sun (not rained on, tho) that got dehydrated, basically. I’m afraid if I paint, then wax, the brittle wood will remain, and the piece will disintegrate if someone should bump it roughly or inadvertently drop a bowling ball on it (!), or even a golf ball. =^D
        How should we go about restoring the wood prior to painting?

  33. Wow… Fantastic result! I love refurnished old furtiture, it gives such character to your home. It’s amazing that something like Coconut Oil could help bring something like this back to life!

    Great read.

  34. I have a small outdoor wooden table and chairs set – They’ve been through several winters and look pretty bad. Do you think I could use the coconut oil on the chairs too? Does it soak in enough? I just don’t want to have a coconut oil bottom… :) Thanks so much for the idea!!!

  35. Hi. Great natural idea for wood. I’d like to try and use this for some new, unfinished pine trim. I’m hoping to get more color out of the wood this way. My question(s) simply is, do you need to apply only one coat and how long does this take to dry?
    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’m willing to also try this as a hair conditioner. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Chris, I’ve only needed to do one coat but I’m sure you could do additional coats. And as for drying time I’d say it’s only a couple of hours.

  36. Just wanted to mention that Coconut Oil also works great to ‘season’ all of your wooden spoons, spatulas, etc! I did a great deal of research before trying this and ultimately had great results! Try it…you won’t be disappointed!

  37. Hi.I have been shabby sheik ing some old furniture and after my first 2 pieces I didnt clue in I was using beeswax to finish them. I live a cruelty free lifestyle so this was upsetting. Clearly I just was not thinking but now I can’t pretend I don’ t know. My question for you is..Can I use coconut oil in place of the wax to finish the new pieces ( I used chalk painf on them) Looking forward your Response. Big thank you, Shari

    • How is using beeswax cruel? The bees aren’t whipped or forced to work. It’s a byproduct of their natural order.

      The wax is recycled into new combs – the excess is sold.

      Nothing in beeswax is exploitative. You need to learn about the bees life cycle.

      • Funny, the first time I read about not using beeswax, being cruelty-free, I was quite puzzled. I could only wonder if they don’t use milk, cream (half-n-half for my coffee!), butter. Believe me, Cow WANTS to be milked! The only alternative is chemical laden margarine, bleagh! I guess it could be argued that stealing the honeycomb from the hive means the colony won’t increase in size?
        I’ve started hearing these “cruelty-free” comments a lot lately, most recently on Shark Tank, where they were pitching “cruelty free honey” (that contained no honey). To each his own, I suppose. Me? Ima keep eatin’ Honey!!

  38. Hi! When you say buffed the coconut oil in is that by hand with a clean dry rag or a tool of some sort? Thank you! Can’t wait to try this on my kitchen hutch!

  39. Me again :) This might work perfectly for my needs. When I stripped the original paint there was a tad bit of stain leftover, and I really liked the color and I’m not all that excited about trying to match it or go through the staining process. I think I’ll try the coconut oil! I do have a question though. Since I’m using it on a kid’s bed I’d like to use some type of polyurethane (sp) to give it a hard finish. Do you think the coconut oil will make the poly hard to stick?

    • Sorry Angela for some reason I didn’t get an email letting me know you had replied. Yes I like to use a polycrylic spray on for protection. I have 2 little boys and this is totally necessary with them. They destroy everything! If you go to any hardware store just check out the spray paint area and they will have a few different options. Just make sure it says dries clear.

  40. I came across your tip on Coconut oil….I had bought some awhile back to slip into my food (no one in my family likes coconut but me) anyway its been sitting in my pantry and last night I cleaned out my pantry and found it and this morning I ran across your pin on Pinterest and LOVED the idea…..I have an old storage chest that was my step mom’s…I use it as a coffee table and it has alot of damage not sure what kind maybe water or something…nothing and I mean nothing without sanding it off would work so I left it on for shabby chic…but I decided to use the coconut oil and it WORKED…OMG SO WELL…..thanks so much for what you do…..

    • No way! That’s so awesome, I know how impossible it is to get water stains out! I’m so happy I could save your storage chest for you. Thanks for letting me know.

  41. I used coconut oil to get the old stinky smell out of my antique dressers. Beats using it over nasty chemical laden primer or poly.

  42. How many of us have ever through about using coconut oil to refinish furniture? I personally have never through about it. But @Danielle, you have forced me to think about it. :D

  43. Wow – what a difference the coconut oil made!! I am going to try it as well! Your table came out beautiful! Visiting from SITS!

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  45. Danielle, your table turned out beautiful, and I’m so jealous! BUT, your idea is wonderful! I picked up an old, cheap wooden file cabinet off the side of the road that someone was throwing out. Sound furniture, but dry, dry, dry! I will try the coconut oil treatment on the top, and see how it goes.
    Just an FYI, I am told that coconut oil does not go rancid.
    Of course, the way we all are using it, I don’t suppose it will ever get the chance!

    • That’s so awesome, I hope it works for you! Yeah I didn’t think it would go rancid but I wasn’t really sure. My table has had the coconut oil on it for almost a year and it’s been totally fine so far.

  46. i have some scandanavian drawers i just bought, treated one in boiled linseed oil but the smell although not offensive lingers for ages, will this change the colour of the wood, i dont want that to happen.

    • Hi Tracy Yes this will change the colour of the wood so I would not recommend using coconut oil on them. I’ve heard leaving dry coffee grounds in the drawers will remove that old musty smell. But I haven’t tried it myself.

    • I just realized this post is a year old, you’ve probably already done whatever, and moved on. But for others reading here, please be aware of the FIRE DANGER when using Linseed Oil (including as an ingredient in other products). I won’t detail here except to say the rags used in the process MUST be disposed of in a particular specific manner. Please Google for that info (“How to dispose of Linseed Oil rags”), and stay safe!

  47. Oh, what a beautiful job you did! Another great use for coconut oil. Only thing I would worry about- with olive oil as well- is rancidity. Maybe the wax coat on top would help that. I know lemon oil is good on furniture, so why not coconut oil? I might try it on my messed up table as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Mary. A few people have mentioned that and so far so good. It’s been on the table for almost a year now. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  48. I’m making a pretty big coffee table for my fiance, as his Christmas present, from reclaimed wood. I love the natural colors of the wood I’m using, so no staining. I am definitely going to test this as an option to treat the wood. Thanks for the tip!

  49. Can’t wait! They look absolutely beautiful when I wet them down, I’ve also used it in my hair, and it looked gorgeous… I will use this on my thick wooden cutting boards tonight then…..

  50. I will use this on my thick wooden cutting boards tonight then! Can’t wait! They look absolutely beautiful when I wet them down, yay! I’ve also used it in my hair, and it looked gorgeous!

  51. Wow you have such a nice idea.I can’t wait to try it for myself.Sound amazing coconut oil use for this purpose.This idea will be very beneficial.Thanks for sharing such a nice post.Keep posting.

  52. A friend at work was talking about “Pulling” with coconut oil, and this was the first time I’d heard of it, but when she said that it whitens teeth and helps with arthritis, I got very interested. I have now been doing it for a few weeks: It’s a little gross, but the results keep me doing it. You melt about a tbsp. of coconut oil and then swish it around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes and then spit it out–not down the sink; it will harden and be bad for your plumbing. Her dentist had recommended it, and claimed that it pulls the toxins out of the thin membrane that exists in your mouth. My teeth are already whiter, and I had had a doctor’s appointment for “trigger thumb”: I couldn’t bend it without it feeling like it was broken. I tolerated it for about a year, but I thought I would need surgery in order to bend it again. I can already bend my thumb again; not fully yet, but close. So amazing. I also put the remnants of the melted oil from the dish on my face and hands. I was sure that I would break out but I didn’t. In fact, it has gotten rid of wrinkles and dark circles under my eyes. I love the stuff. I want to try it on my hair, but I’m concerned about my plumbing. With the pulling, I spit it out into a dixie cup and then dispose of it.

    • Do you actually swish it in your mouth for 15 to 20 Minutes??? That seems like a long time to swish an oil….ew.

      • You can stir in a drop of peppermint essential oil if you’re melting the coconut oil each time, then it’ll be more tolerable.
        However I think making a batch of little “lozenges” (I think that’s what Wellness Mama called them) every-so-often would make flavoring them more practical. I think all she does is melt –or just allow to soften– the oil, (here’s where you’d stir in the EO, using a wooden skewer, pour them into those plastic candy molds, hold about a tablespoon or so? Then store them in the fridge, and when you put one in your mouth, they go liquid due to body temp being 15° higher than required for the oil to be solid. Or so I’ve heard.

    • The part you treated looks amazing! Did you do anything to the legs or did you just leave it as is?

    • A lady was on Dr. Oz today who said to do this mouth rinsing with sesame oil. I’m thinking maybe any good tasting oil would do, since the coconut works also. I’d rather it to sesame.

  53. Coconut Oil really is a wonder. It’s great for cooking, the fats are awesome for the body, it’s also great as a moisturiser and as such it is similarly a great seasoning and coating for wood. It really is an all-in-one product that no home should be without.

  54. thanks for this! Your idea saved an old desk I bought- coconut oil with a bit of lemon essential oil worked brilliantly to get the musty smell out! Next I will try it on my hair…

  55. I’m going to attempt making a coffee table out of wooden crates. These crates are natural wood, not stained. I have been dreading the thought of staining in between all those slats … have you tried coconut oil on natural wood? Do you think that would work?

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  56. Perfect!!! I will use this on my thick wooden cutting boards tonight then! Can’t wait! They look absolutely beautiful when I wet them down, yay! I’ve also used it in my hair, and it looked gorgeous!

    • Great Idea! I always avoid using the beautiful board someone built for me, so as not to ruin it when I clean it to death (!), nice to know Coconut Oil will save it, refurbished and protected.

      Thanks for the tip!

  57. WOW…I didn’t even think of using coconut oil for furniture. Those pics are amazing! I use coconut oil for high temp cooking, I use it in my famous peanut butter cookies (instead of butter), on my skin and now I’ve got to try it in my hair.

    Are you willing to sell that table? I love it!


  58. This is genius! I bought coconut oil for my hair too-LOL – and had no idea it could be used on furniture! Your table transformation is beautiful-! (could the cookbook pages be saved for something else- they were charming!) Visiting from the tour and will be following!

  59. I use coconut oil on my furniture scratches.

    Do you think the oil would work on refinishing wood patio furniture? I want the look but I’m afraid it won’t last.

    On the coconut for hair comment – oh yes, it does work. But as much as I like to use it on my long blonde hair, what it is doing to RE-GROW my 27 year old husbands hair is PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ladies grab a tub and start slathering it on your hubby’s head! Bonus if you add lavender oil :)

    • Really I had no idea it was good for hair growth!

      As for your outdoor furniture, I haven’t tried it on anything outdoors yet. I don’t think it would last long but you could always try it on a small section and see what happens.

    • Wow! It really re-grows hair? I’m gonna rub by husband’s head; he hates that he’s bald on top. Thanks loads.
      I love coconut oil for cooking and on my face, but it also works to heal sore skin, for whatever reason. We use it a lot.

  60. Thanks so much for sharing these tips…both the hair and the wood treatment – looking forward to trying them myself


  61. i have just stripped my kitchen cabinets and didnt want to use varnish…i am going to give the coconut a chance…i was wondering if it is water repellant at all? since the kitchen is a place where some spills occur…i cant wait to try it and thank you…i love your table!!!

    • That’s a good question, I really don’t think it would give you much in the way of water protection. Maybe there is some sort of furniture wax that you could put on. I painted my kitchen cabinets and sprayed them with polyurethane (to protect against scratches from my kids). So that could work too.

  62. Wow that is amazing! I always have a jar of coconut oil in the house I definitely want to give this a try :) (visiting via city farm house)

  63. What a brilliant idea and your table looks fabulous! I just stripped the top of a table that I painted previously and I love the way it looks without a stain. I still haven’t decided but I also have no luck with finding the right stain. I may just give this a try! Thanks for the idea!


  64. I was never a big fan of coconut, but once I started using coconut oil for things, I’ve never looked back. The furniture trick is new – can’t wait to try it. I also advice any popcorn lovers to make their popcorn with it!!! It is fabulous. It tastes like movie theatre popcorn, without all the added crap. Delish!

  65. I have the saddest dining room table my husband won’t let me do anything to since it is an heirloom. I think you just saved the table I hate!

  66. Hi there, I love what you did with that table! Being 7 months pregnant, this is definitely a furniture restoration project that I can do! I have a question about coconut oil – it’s very humid where i live, and i have an untreated wooden coffee table that develops mildew especially when it rains a lot. do you think that rubbing coconut oil on the coffee table will prevent the mildew coming back, or will it have the opposite effect and actually encourage mildew growth?

    • Yikes that’s a good question. Honestly I’m not sure what effect it would have on the mildew. I wonder if using a furniture wax overtop of the coconut oil will help prevent the mildew.

    • Coconut oil is a natural anti-fungal/antibacterial, as long as you go with a high quality brand it should help not hurt your situation. Lower quality brands sometimes use copra which can encourage mold, so stick with the good stuff.

    • Followed this over from pintrest and wanted to chime in. Not sure about the antiseptic antifungal properties of coconut oil but I know that olive oil is both. You could use the coconut oil for hydrating the wood and make up your own furniture wax with some olive oil and beeswax. Google home made furniture wax and pick a recipe with ingredients you’re comfortable with.

  67. Question about the coconut oil and bringing old wood back to life….. Does it work on really worn out hardwood floors?

    • Good question Laura. I haven’t tried it myself, I know a few people have left comments telling me they tried it on their worn out wood kitchen cabinets and it’s worked. You could always try it in a small area (most grocery stores sell coconut oil). I’d love to hear if it works or not.

  68. I am refinishing a dresser and am going to try the coconut oil on the top where I want the natural wood to show (the sides and drawers I’m painting.) Should I use the coconut oil on the sides and drawers before I paint them? I had to strip about four layers of paint and the entire dresser is dry but I’m not sure if I should put the oil on the areas where I will be painting? Any advice would be wonderful!

  69. My daughter uses coconut oil for reducing the small red bumps on the back of her upper arms (keritosis pilaris). It works wonders! I will definitely try it on my kitchen cabinets.

  70. Coconut oil is absolutely amazing, I use it for everything!! I keep a jar in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, one on the changing table, and one in my bedroom! I just had the idea today to use it on my sons older wooden rattles that were passed down from a family member from about 15 years ago. They were dry and musty smelling so I hadn’t let him play with them. I polished them all with the coconut oil and not only do they look a million times better, they smell (and taste) great too and I don’t have to worry about what baby is putting in his mouth. I stumbled across this evaluate I decided to check and make sure that I hadn’t just ruined the wood or anything haha. Great post, your table looks fantastic, and I’m glad to see that I wasn’t completely foolish for doing this! :)

    • Christy that is so awesome! I know I wasn’t sure if I was about the totally ruin my table. But I’m so glade I tried it I was shocked at how beautiful it made the wood. It’s been on there for a few months now and still looks amazing.

  71. I love this. I have an old side table that my granddad made way before I was born. It has brass screws in it.

    I am also waiting for my husband to make me a dining room table, and want to finish it like this. Thank you so much for sharing this. One question; where do you find the wax?

    • Thanks Deborah, I found the Miss Mustard Seed wax a little flea market here in Raleigh. Miss Mustard Seed wax isn’t sold in the big box stores but you may have a little shop in your area that sells it. Or I have a friend who refinishes furniture and sells it on Etsy

  72. So glad I came across your post, although I’m not sure how. I’ve use that disgusting smelling orange stuff on my kitchen cabinets, which are over 50 years old and quite dry.

    Today I rubbed coconut oil on the upper cabinets (it had liquified due to the heat, easy to spread and work in). Couldn’t do the lower cabinets because the dogs were much too interested. They LOVE coconut oil, so I’ll have to wait until I see how the uppers work out after it soaks in a while and I can rub them. Then ban the dogs from the kitchen for the duration.

    I’ve used coconut oil on my skin and on one of my dog’s skin (she had a discolored balding patch that meds didn’t help – but coconut oil did). Haven’t ever used coconut oil on my hair but I’ll have to try it – soon.

    I buy Carrington Farms pure, unrefined, cold pressed, 100% organic extra virgin coconut oil at Costco. Just bought a new 54 oz. jar for $15.99. I was at Fruitful Yield yesterday and noticed that their comparable 54 oz. Nutiva EV coconut oil was about $36. I’ll definitely be shopping at Costco for it, now that I have all these other uses for it.

    • Just as humans benefit from consuming CO, so do our furry friends! I have heard of people giving their dogs a teaspoon or so in with their regular food, but someone said using it as a treat (letting him lick it off a spoon) allows for that interaction that having a pet is all about!
      It is supposed to be good for constipation, arthritis, heart, skin, etc. and as you found, applying topically cures lots of skin problems.
      How have we survived this long before discovering the benefits of coconut oil?!

  73. Im going to try it on my unfinished wood floor! Cant cost much more than the Old English oil i use. :)

  74. I used olive oil mixed with an equal part of vinegar to renew some furniture around here. Looks so good that hubby asked me to do his very old nightstand. I wonder, could you mix the vinegar in with the coconut oil to get an even better result?

    • Hmm, good question. I’m just not sure if they would mix together since the coconut oil is more of a paste (I was surprised when I bought it and saw that it wasn’t a liquid).

      • It’s liquid when ambient temperature reaches (I think they said…) 75′ or maybe it was 80’… Mine’s like Crisco in cooler months, like salad oil in summer heat. If you want it liquid-y, it can be microwaved, LOW for just a few seconds at a time, in an oversize glass bowl or something. It’s oil, after all, and it can get hot enough to be dangerous, so take care.

        Conversely, pop it in the fridge if you want it firm.

        Coconut oil’s the bomb! (or, “balm”)

  75. I have a very white water spot on the piece I want to try this on. I have tried many things on the water spot and nothing has helped. Do you think just rubbing with coconut oil will help? Everything about this piece of furniture is ok, I wouldn’t need to sand any old cook books off. Should I sand it first anyway?? thanks

    • My Mom had a round oak kitchen table that had white spots on it. She mentioned it to a man that sold antiques and he told her to lay a cotton cloth over the spots and iron them with a warm iron. It took them completely away. He says it’s moisture that gets trapped and the iron makes it go away. Hope that helps.

    • for your water spot take a soft white lintless and patternless cotton dish towel and an iron… heat the iron to cotton… place the dish towel over the stain and place the iron ontop of the stain fro about 10 seconds… if that… remove and wait for it to cool… your watermark should be gone… you may have to repeat but do so in VERY short time segments… you absolutely don’t want the rest of the wood to get too hot.. that will only make for more problems

  76. Hiya Danielle,
    Iv’e just brought a dinning table and 6 chairs for a bargain £25.00,
    I was going to strip it down and shabby chic it, but i’m so glad iv’e seen what you did with the coconut oil, i cant wait to bring it back to life and use it, it has one small bit of damage to the top, any hints on how to fill it to match the existing colour, will post some before and after pic’s once i get started.

    • I would love to see them! You can buy wood filler in different wood tones so that may be an option (depending on how deep the damage is?). Good luck!

    • If the damage to your table is small, just scratches, you can try children’s crayons. Just color in the scratch and buff it with a soft cloth until it blends in. Just use the color that matches your finish the best. You can also use wax shoe polish with the same results. I personally brown wax shoe polish on my dining table about twice a year to bring back a nice glow.

      • For scratches in wood, you can just rub a walnut on the scratch…I have dark oak wood trim in the house, and dogs have scratched it often. I just rub walnuts over the scratches, and wah lah…gone. I don’t know if it works on other color wood however.
        I’m going to try rubbing coconut oil on after the walnuts…

  77. Wow I love your table so wishing I had read this before I painted my table. Love coconut oil. Did you know you can also use coconut oil it to remove oil paint from your skin, which we just found out this weekend when a paint can exploded in my husbands face. Blue paint it was and yes he did look like a smurf wish I had thought to take pictures before we cleaned him up. Actually any oil like baby oil or vegetable oil will work to remove oil paint but coconut was much nicer on his face….

  78. It was so funny to me to come across this article. Just yesterday I had left over coconut oil on my hand and wondered to myself if it would work on the kitchen cabinets. I put on a small area for a test run. It absorbed nicely and is the best looking spot in the kitchen. I thought about using all over the cabinets, but felt silly. I wondered if I would ruin the finish or something. So glad to have confirmation! – thanks for sharing!

    • No way that’s hilarious! I totally did the same thing, bought some for my hair (saw it on Pinterest). And just happened to be refinishing that table the same day. That’s pretty brilliant using it on your kitchen cabinets. Coconut oil is way cheaper than using furniture wax or something.

  79. I recently saw this pin on pintrest and was sooo excited because my mom just got a 2 gallon pail of coconut oil!!!
    So i went and sanded and washed my chair that i want to redo but got to thinking, “is this going to be ok outside?”
    If i just do the coconut oil and NOT the wax to protect it, will it wash away the coconut oil?

    • I don’t think it will wash away the coconut oil (it kind of soaks into the wood). But you could always spray polyurethane onto the chair. That would help protect it a bit from rain.

      • Water should not wash the coconut oil away, in fact, the coconut oil should make the furnishing more water repellant. The oil will however sink into your wood, especially in direct sun, as it tries to protect it… simply rub in a little more when the color seems faded or you see that it is no longer repelling water…

  80. I think I may have to jump on the coconut oil bandwagon.

    But does it make your hair greasy?

    I’m scared after the mayonnaise incident of 1993. Never thought I would get that out of my hair. :)

    I never knew you could restore old wood with coconut oil. And I love the added bonus of removing musty smells.

    • I know I totally thought it would make my already greasy hair ever greasier. But it didn’t at all. Promise. You really don’t need that much 1-2 tablespoons is all you really need. I imagine if you put a ton in your hair it may be greasy.

      Thanks for sharing my blog post on your fb page today!

  81. I love coconut oil. I use it on my hair, my skin, give my cat a tiny bit once a week (helps with hairballs) and most importantly…introduced it to my husband. He is going through chemo and it has he with bad chemical burns on his face, neck, scalp and lips. Coconut oil has soothed all of it. He’s addicted.

    • Margaret I’m so sorry to hear that your husband has to go through that. But happy to hear that coconut oil is giving him some relief.

    • We visited an emu farm a couple years ago and the owners were praising emu oil for successfully helping burn victims. I’m glad your husband is having some relief with coconut oil. I thought I would share about the emu oil too.

    • We visited an emu farm a couple years ago, and the owners were praising the use of emu oil to treat burn victims. I’m glad your husband is finding relief with the coconut oil. I just thought I’d share about the emu oil too.

    • So sorry you & your husband are going thru such a hard time. If you haven’t tried it, you might add some lavender essential oil to the burn sites. It’s been used for burns since the 1800’s.

  82. For the Coconut oil—go to Walmart! They have a tub of LuAnna for about $6 or less. Hannaford (Eastern chain of snooty upscale grocery stores) sells same thing for about double.

    For the musty or “off” smells inside furniture you can try a few things:
    Coffee grounds—not used! Sprinkle or place on a plate and let sit closed for a while–like a few days

    Vanilla extract–a bit spendy but–rub all over the surface

    Baking soda–just like in the fridge

    Stuff the entire thing FULL of crumpled up newspaper–the black and white part. — let sit for a few days (this is also great for plastic ware that got a food scent in it!)

    Fabric softener sheets—lay a few on the bottom and let sit—this is also good with essential oils on some coffee filters if you have this stuff on hand

    If you can’t get the smell OUT–sand it OFF. Sand all surfaces lightly but enough to take off the top “coat” of wood and then seal with BIN or similar. Or shellac.

    Gonna try this on some older wood that has been sitting in my window and has gotten a bit sun scorched—fingers crossed!

      • I wonder if you could mix in some vanilla extract into the coconut oil and kill two birds with one stone!

        • I don’t think I would use vanilla extract as it is made with alcohol, which is drying. I would add vanilla bean to the coconut oil and and let it infuse for a couple of weeks(at least one). I don’t know about essential oils, I think it comes in vanilla, but I’m not sure.

    • I love coconut oil. I buy it at Costco, but I never thought about using it on wood. I will have to try that.

      Wondering if you have any thoughts on how to get the smell out of a cabinet that I used rub on polyurethane on? I applied it on the shelves and interior of a cabinet a week ago and it still has a very strong smell. Thanks for your other suggestions to remove musty smell.

      • Glenyce I haven’t tried this myself but I’ve heard that taking about 1 cup of coffee grounds and putting them in a paper bag and leaving that in your cabinet will absorb some of that musty smell. It can be a nearly impossible smell to get rid of. But I’ve heard great things about coffee grounds.

    • I am not sure that it matters, but I think LuAnna’s is not organic. What I buy is organic virgin coconut oil and it is a little more pricey. It works wonders for my dogs allergies. Does it matter on what type as for furniture? Because they have LuAnn’
      s at Food Lion slso.

      • Honestly I’ve only ever used coconut oil on that table so I’m not entirely sure. But I imagine that any kind would work.

  83. Wow what a wonderful find! I love that you left it just the way it was with the blue legs, just cleaned it up and used the coconut oil on it.

  84. Hi Danielle, I recently got my hands on an old wine barrel. My plan is to clean it and then oil it. Do you think the coconut oil will work for it? We want to convert it into a garden high-table. Do you know if the weather will damage the effect the coconut oil has on the wood?

    • Hmmm good question Tamaryn, I imagine it would work (you could always try it on a small patch). The only thing I don’t know is if it’s weather proof. I’m sure it won’t get ruined in the rain, but I’m pretty sure it won’t make it water proof. I’m sure rain would soak through into the wood.

  85. I love your table! And loving the coconut oil for it. I actually use coconut oil as a lotion and I was my face with it, that and jojoba oil. BTW I bout the exact brand of coconut oil from Sprouts market. It’s a chain healthy grocery store.

  86. This is beautiful! Do you think this would work for a wooden playset, or would it be too slippery?

    • No I think it would work, my only concern would be the amount of coconut oil you would need to refinish an entire outdoor playlet, and if it would be weather resistant (not sure about that). You could always give it a try on a small area and see what happens.

  87. Thank you so much for this idea!

    I was lucky enough to inherit my grandparents’ beautiful old dining room table and chairs. The wood was in pretty decent shape, but had sat in the sunshine through the window for a good 25 years. Therefore, when I became the proud new owner the wood was DRY.
    I’d been trying to find all-natural ways to condition the wood, but hadn’t found anything I particularly loved. I never even thought to use coconut oil. Brilliant!

    • Annicka I’m so happy to help you! That’s so wonderful you inherited your grandparents dining set. I’m sure it will turn out beautiful.

  88. This is such a beautiful redo! I love love love it, especially as I have been looking for more natural ways to finish a bookshelf/craft table I’m working on. Can you tell me, where did you get the Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax? I checked on her site but her online shopping isn’t up yet. Can furniture wax be used as a protective layer for painted furniture too? The piece that I’m building is going to have some stained wood (trying vinegar stain!) and some painted wood—I would love to find a product that can be used to protect both and is natural if possible. Any tips?

    • Thanks so much Marlene. Yeah Miss Mustard Seed products are harder to find. You may be able to find them in your area at a antique store, or small furniture refinishing store. But you can also order it online here (my friend Amy has a furniture refinishing business and also sells Miss Mustard Seed products). She’s the expert on milk paint, if you ever have any questions she’s the one to go to

      And yes the furniture wax can absolutely be used on top of paint. Especially if you use milk paint you’ll want to give it a bit of extra protection. I love Miss Mustard Seed wax because it’s so easy to use and smells great. You’ll love it.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

          • Thanks so much for the referral, Danielle. If I can’t answer the question about milk paint, I can always go to the source and find the answer. Love MMS wax and the hemp oil, too, for finishing. I think hemp oil might be a good choice for those outdoor applications people have been asking about. Marian, Miss Mustard Seed, said she just brushes it on and there’s no need to buff. (And it’s food safe, too, because we know all kids like to eat off their play sets!)

  89. BEAUTIFUL little table!! I already love coconut oil, never thought to use it on a table though. =) Thanks!

  90. What a sweet little table! Great idea to use coconut oil; I can’t wait to try it for myself. (Yes, I believe what I see on Pinterest too, since that is where I’m visiting from. hehe) :) Love it!

  91. I found you on Pinterest. I am going to do this with my Adirondack chairs that I don’t want to stain (not ‘cuz I can’t but because I can’t choose a color ;)
    Thanks for posting!

    • I so know what you mean. I stained our deck last summer and now hate the colour. Stain colours can look so different once you get them on the wood.

  92. No need to order your coconut online and pay for shipping. You can buy it at just about any grocery store. I purchased some at Kroger last week – it can be found with the other cooking oils. Not only is it great for you hair, but you can use it to treat the bumps on the backs of your upper arms. It’s so much cheaper than the expensive creams used to treat this!

  93. I hear so many good things about the coconut oil, and this is yet another. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m visiting today from Thumping Thursdays.

  94. I love it Danielle!! It turned out soooooo adorably. I need to try that coconut oil on my old pew, I washed it with Murphy’s Oil Soap but it really needs a loooot more love than that. Great job!!

  95. Where were you a week and half ago, I am still waiting for that table and chairs to cure, so we still don’t have a kitchen table and chairs! I don’t what the American equivalent is but you can get coconut oil at Bulk Barn and they have a few varieties.

  96. I have an OLD (150 maybe years old) carved wooden storage chest with a barrel top. It has worn places on it and I just wanted to clean it up a bit. I purchased it from a 2nd hand store and I only have a very brief history on it.

    I have NEVER refinished anything in my life and I don’t want to refinish this piece, just clean it up a bit. Do you think using coconut oil (I have some in the cubbard) will take away the “antique value” of it? Have you ever or anyone else on here, tried this on a somewhat valuable piece?

    Any assistance is appreciated! :)

    • Connie that’s a great question. I am certainly not an expert on antiques so I really don’t have the answer on taking away the value of the piece. But I do believe that if the look of it (maybe it’s a little worn) is driving you crazy it’s worth it to bring it back to life a little. I agree that you don’t want to totally refinish the piece. If you do decide to try this I would use a very small amount on an area that you can’t see. And see if you like the look of it. I also used very little on my table. A couple of teaspoons go a long way. I have only used coconut oil on this table (I just happened to have some and thought I’d see what it did on the wood) it worked really well on this table but I have no idea what it will do on other wood. Age, type of wood, dryness, previous treatments I imagine will all change the results of coconut oil.

  97. Wonderful! So cute and what a great find! Love it. Will have to try the hair use too!
    I have a musty old hutch and maybe this will get rid of the smell there too.
    THANKS for your posts!

    • It gave my table a slight coconut smell, nothing too overwhelming though. I’m actually not a fan of the smell of coconut.

  98. The table looks great. How does it feel on the table after you put it on? Does it soak in like stain? Do you know if it offers any protection? I’m intrigued!!! :)

    • It was basically like applying a wax. I’m not sure what durability it gives but I did apply a layer of Miss Mustard Seed Wax on top, just to be sure.

  99. Wish I had of found it first, but then they wouldn’t have let me take it home on the plane! Love waking up crappy old furniture!

  100. So beautiful. Love the whole thing but those blue legs are just too adorable! So I love to eat coconut oil! Do you think we have to use the good stuff for a project like this? They sell refined coconut oil in a big white tub that I always think is marshmellow fluff in my cabinet.

    • Lol, I saw on the label that you can eat it! I imagine you can just use the cheap stuff. I’m not even sure what kind I bought. It was about $17 for a large tub of it, so I’m assuming that’s the cheap stuff.

      • My goodness, no! If what you used is the one pictured, that is the good stuff. So good for you. I haven’t put it in my hair but I do use it on my skin. We mix it with raw honey and use it to fight colds and as nutritional energy boost.

        • Oops guess I should have found a cheaper version. I have used it in my hair twice now (just apply to dry hair (you only need a couple of teaspoons) let it sit for about 30 minutes and then wash hair. It’s crazy the difference it made to my hair. I’ll have to try it on my skin too. Thanks for the tip!

          • If you are putting it on your hair and skin, it is worth it to find the organic unrefined extra virgin. I bought that cheap stuff to grease cookie sheets with and I am not too happy with it. I worry about the quality of it. Looking for a way to use it up so your idea made me thinking of polishing up my wood cutting boards with it. Thanks.

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