Green furniture refinishing is quite easy. You’ll be surprised at how nicely an old piece can look after just 30 minutes of your time. I recently acquired an old pine dresser that was in need of some TLC. I decided to condition the wood using some kitchen ingredients on hand in my pantry. It’s an easy job and you’ll be able to use your furniture about 12 hours after applying this green furniture refinishing coat.
So what do you need? Two things, that’s all. Vinegar and oil.
And a washcloth, to apply it.
Here’s my Green Furniture Refinishing Project, Before and After:
Tips for Green Furniture Refinishing:
This particular pine dresser had red paint rings on the top. You can see in the photo that there is still a faint discoloration from the red paint pigment. I had to lightly sand and scrape the paint off before applying the vinegar and oil to the dresser’s top. I was careful not to create deep scratches or to remove the finish too deeply. The oil based coating will recondition your wood, and the added vinegar will help it soak nice and deeply into the grain. This method is not going to create a uniform finish on woodwork that is heavily chipped and scratched. But it will fill and cover light scratches.
I am very happy with this green furniture refinishing method. I’m so excited about it I’ve already begun using it on other woodwork in the house. It’s not for furniture with a shiny polyurethane finish on it. You’ll just get a greasy finish. You really want to use this on unfinished wood (be prepared to use a lot), or old dried out pieces where the finish has worn off.
If you think you need to lightly sand your piece first to remove some finish, go for it. Just be sure to use a nice fine paper. But if you just apply it without sanding you’ll still get a beautiful look. I did not sand the sides or front of this pine dresser. And the pics have not been touched up. This is how it turned out.
I used flax oil and apple cider vinegar. I added roughly 3 parts flax oil to 1 part apple cider vinegar. To do an end table or dresser, you’ll need about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil (it doesn’t have to be flax) and 2-3 TBS of vinegar. I like flax oil because it is heavy and thick. You can also use white vinegar if you wish. It doesn’t matter.
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