2/27/13

2 ingredient Wood Conditioner

Make your own wood conditioner

This recipe for wood conditioner uses only 2 ingredients, and both are items you already have at home! No more expensive store bought products! For just a few pennies you can bring some life back into your older wood furniture, such as tables (kitchen, coffee or end tables), cabinets or hutches, etc.

I originally found this recipe at Lily & Thistle. I have an antique maple kitchen table that is in need of being refinished. My husband and I are waiting until the last of the kids leave home to do it, so it will have as little wear and tear on the new finish as possible! Until then, our poor old table needs some love!

I  have found the simple combination of oil and vinegar perfect for conditioning the wood (the oil) and cutting grease, removing stains and wax buildup (the vinegar).

First I'll show you my before and after photo, then I'll share the recipe.  The photo has not been altered in any way. It was taken just before and then immediately after using the conditioner.
First picture is before, second picture is after
As you can see, the table still needs refinishing, but the conditioner has really brought some life back into the maple. There is no oily residue left behind at all.  It just feels great when you run your hand across it.

Wood Conditioner

Ingredients:
3/4 Cup Oil (vegetable, canola, olive oil- whatever you have on hand)
1/4 Cup Vinegar ( White or apple cider vinegar whatever you have on hand)

Directions:
Mix together in a bowl and wipe on wood with soft cloth.

17 comments:

  1. This is great! I need to do some furniture cleaning and conditioning soon :) Thanks for the idea!
    I would love to have you share this on Wildcrafting Wednesday today...
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/wildcrafting-wednesday-10.html

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    1. I'd love to share it. Thanks for the invite!

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  2. Yes! I tried this recently and it is almost like magic. I'm so glad it worked similarly well for you.

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    1. Thanks Dianna! Glad to hear you liked it too!

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  3. What do you use for wood floors?

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    1. Meg, thanks for the great question. I have no hardwood floors, and in the process of a slow change over to some nice handscraped laminate. I LOVE this post on 4 different types of MYO hardwood floor cleaner, including laminate. They didn't site their sources for the information, but it looked reasonable.
      here's the link:
      http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/homemade-hardwood-floor-polish-13927.html

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  4. Over 20+ years in our old house 100+ yrs we've tried countless things on our hardwood floors. Who knows how much money we spent on trying to get the floors to look shiny again. I tried this recipe and wow! We got our floors looking beautiful again. Thank you!

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    1. I love old homes! They have such life and character in them! I am so pleased the wood conditioner worked so well for you! For sure you can be confident that no harsh chemicals are in it to damage the floors! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!
      Jan

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    2. I am so pleased I found you
      first checked on cooking corn on the cob in freezer for 5 months
      and saw about cleaning old food.
      My cottage in the woods is filled with ancient furniture
      and I am going to try your method.
      Hope both of these work :)

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  5. Wonder how well that would work on say, teak outdoor furniture?

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    1. From my little bit of research, I don't think this would be a good option for our teak furniture. Teak is durable and "self cleaning" to some degree, resistant to mold, water proof, and even sun resistant to a degree, so it is also resistant to oil treatments mostly. Because an inexpensive varnish or oil can ruin your teaks abiity to resist all those things, if you really want to apply a conditioner to your teak, I recommend a teak conditioner especially made for teak wood. Hope this helps!
      Jan

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  6. Thanks for share this blog

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  7. You can't beat strong wood furniture for looks and saw quality. Numerous different materials have been utilized as a part of furniture production, yet professionally created and completed wooden furniture beats every one of them.

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