A few weeks ago I notice one of my friends pinned this on Pinterest:
I was intrigued by the picture so I followed the link to Lilly & Thistle’s tutorial. Sometimes these types of images can be deceptive. Like they show an amazing transformation, but then you read the tutorial and it’s 37 steps long with 14 very expensive ingredients. Thankfully, this tutorial is really as simple as just oil and vinegar.
I don’t have a lot of unpainted wood furniture in my house, but my bed is an antique spindle/Jenny Lind bed. It’s over 100 years old and it’s starting to look like it.
After putting 3/4 cup oil (I used olive because it’s what I had) and 1/4 cup vinegar into another cup and grabbing an old towel, I went to work. As you may remember from science class, oil and vinegar don’t mix so I recommend bringing a spoon with you to keep the mixture, well, mixed. About 10 minutes later, I was done!
It’s hard photograph, but the difference is really quite dramatic in person. The wood went from being dry and light colored, to dark and hydrated. I did this about a month ago and the wood as still retained its darker tone. It’s pretty amazing actually! The mixture didn’t heal every blemish, but there were definitely a lot of smaller scratches it did heal.
I highly recommend it!
Bonus, I finally got around to fixing one of the spindles that broke off. No more gap-toothed headboard!