If your wood furniture is looking tired and worn, you can restore it with a fresh coat of oil or vinegar. A mixture of 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 1/4 cup of white vinegar applied to the pieces with a soft cloth will revive the wood and make it look new again. It will also help restore pieces that have seen light water damage or simply have a worn appearance.
A wipe-on finish is an excellent choice for this job, and you can even apply it with a paintbrush. Make sure you match the colour of the finish with the colour of the wood to achieve the desired effect. Depending on the wood, it may take two or more coats to bring the furniture back to life.
Wood furniture can also be refreshed by removing stains and water rings. If you’re a perfectionist, you might even want to try sanding the furniture to remove any scratches. However, if you don’t want to completely strip the furniture, you can also use walnuts to repair scratches.
If you’re not sure whether to use mineral spirits or a stronger chemical stripper, you can use mineral spirits as an alternative. Mineral spirits are a gentler alternative that won’t harm the wood’s original finish.