The Magic of Teak Oil
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Furniture has been a big topic on this blog…new furniture that I covet (like the Perch sofa) and old vintage furniture that I have thrifted. More recently I wrote a post about this mid-century dresser that I found at the Mercer Island Thrift store. No one in the household was quite as enamoured with it [...]
Furniture has been a big topic on this blog…new furniture that I covet (like the Perch sofa) and old vintage furniture that I have thrifted. More recently I wrote a post about this mid-century dresser that I found at the Mercer Island Thrift store. No one in the household was quite as enamoured with it as I was, but clearly they just didn’t have the vision I did. Granted, it was a bit marred on the top and aged with water stains and scratches.
But hey, I am a girl with a new electric sander and I can conquer anything. Okay, so Maeve actually conquered things first (more on that soon!) but I can conquer things too. I used three different ‘grits’ of sandpaper on the sander…80 first to get the finish off, 100 to smooth it and 120 to finish it. (In hindsight, I would have used 220 for that, then it would be ULTRA smooth like a baby’s butt.) You need to sand only in the direction of the wood grain or you will end up with circular marks on the wood. Be warned: Very attractive photos of me in yellow glasses and a hoodie.
You can see in this next photo the difference between the top and the side.
I was also armed with a can of magic oil. Teak oil. How did I not know about this? This stuff is amazing, I tell you. I wiped it on with a rag and it soaked it in. The wood turned into a gorgeous warm reddish-brown color.
I have been told by a reader that I should finish the job with Feed ‘N Wax, and I definitely will. And in a fortuitous accident, I spilled some teak oil on the floor and it REALLY is magic. We have very rough and worn hardwood floors and have been dreading the effort and money it will take to restore them because that is not a DIY we will attempt. However, I think we just bought ourselves some time because the teak oil made the floors look so much better! While we were out one afternoon, Maeve spread it on some of the hardwoods and they shine! The house also smells really good too actually, that is if you like that kind of petroleum smell of a gas station. I wonder if we should put Feed ‘N Wax on the floors too. Does anyone have any experience with floors and oil they would like to share? I can’t find anything on the internet that says this is a good or bad idea. But I have to tell you, the floors shine and have looked beautiful for the past week. I thought it would soak in and return to the shabby state, but it’s stayed really nice. Tell me if you have had any experience with this.