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.
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. Well not really. I did not, and I repeat did not, fall for that how to make ice cubes pin.
But the hair one actually works. After one use my hair is shiny and stronger. 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.
To 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.
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