October 16, 2013

Renewing an antique with Olive Oil & Vinegar!


Hey guys, today I've been busy writing a post for Old Time Pottery's Blog, a fun site I contribute to every month.  For Friday's post I'm featuring our dining room all gussied up for the Holidays, and I have to say putting dishes and accessories on the table for Thanksgiving in October is so much fun ;)

Speaking of our dining room.  We have a small sideboard that's a family heirloom probably from the early 1900's.  And I looked at it today and thought, wow it's seen better days that's for sure. 

 Then I remembered something I pinned a while back on Pinterest here.  You can bring new life to old wood furniture with simple Olive Oil and Vinegar.  So I tried it, one part vinegar to 3 parts Olive Oil.  Mixed them with a spoon really well and just wiped the oil into the wood with a soft cloth.  Then I waited a half hour and wiped off any excess oil.  And wow what a difference!  

Check out the before...

And the After...

Isn't it Amazing how the wood grain just pops?  Now this old piece obviously is made of a few different types of wood, since that's how they rolled back then -  they used what they had!  But I think the wood variation adds to it's character.  

There is a small cracked area that we need to fix, but what a fabulous old piece!

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  1. I've never heard of this method before -- but the after picture is stunning! I especially love the different woods.

    1. Me too, so nice improving something with items you already have around the house!

  2. Vinegar has so many amazing abilities! A home must have!

    1. Totally! I use apple cider for cooking and white vinegar for cleaning and other tricks!

  3. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Fantastic! I will definitely give this a try . . . and share it too!
    Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend,


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