Happy Valentine's Day!
On a completely unrelated note, here's a really easy vintage wood refinishing project I did yesterday that took all of 15 minutes of work for some awesome results. See for yourself:
I was working with a couple simple wood candle holders and a set of four beautiful modern knives; I picked both of these up at Savers on separate occasions for practically nothing, but the wood on both was in pretty tired condition. As you can see on the left, they turned out freaking gorgeous, and if you couldn't tell, I'm rather excited about it.
My tools: a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, which I actually found at the Salvation Army in its original plastic for less than a dollar, and some Wisconsin Hardwoods Wood Oil, which we picked up awhile ago for a project like this that never actually happened.
I got the idea to use the magic eraser from Young House Love, where they used a magic eraser to clean up a thrifted mid century dresser. It works great as a very light abrasive and cleans the wood at the same time. You just wet the sponge, and scrub the wood down for a minute or two.
The next and final step is putting a little wood oil on a soft cloth (or paper towel), and rubbing it into the wood. I just smoothed it all out, rubbed off any extra oil, and BOOM:
It's seriously that easy. Aren't the results amazing? I had no idea a little wood oil could do so much...
The difference on the candle holders is a little more subtle, but still awesome. I only had two, so I couldn't show all three steps in one photo, but you can see how the wood went from dry and light, to luminous and rich, bringing out the wood grain in a great way.
Lovely and lovely.
And that's it! Really easy, and definitely recommended for any wood pieces that need a little touch up.
What do you think of the results? Have you ever tried refinishing old wood? Do you have anything lying around you might try this method on?