DIY Furniture Polish Recipe

8/22/2012

DIY Furniture Polish Recipe — a Modern Mrs.
I had been on the hunt for a hope chest for what felt like forever. You see, our house lacks storage in a serious, almost criminal sort of way. Rather than eat up the bedroom closet space, I wanted a hope chest to store our bulky blankets and other miscellaneous items. My lucky day came when my aunt had one she was willing to give us!

This hope chest had been in storage for quite some time, and was looking a little rough. Overall it's a great quality chest! They certainly don't make 'em like they used to, and I was not about to be deterred by a little dirt and some scratches. This chest had real character! It's cedar, a good weight without being ridiculously heavy, and there wasn't any serious damage.

I knew it just needed a good cleaning, and maybe something to fill the scratches, but what to use? I didn't want to ruin the finish or damage the wood in any way, so rather than spending a lot of money on a commercial product, I decided to make one myself, and I searched high and low for a DIY recipe that would not only clean this beauty, but might also restore it to some degree.

DIY Network to the rescue! Man, those guys (and gals) really know what they're doing, because this recipe really got the job done, and it uses plain ole' olive oil and white vinegar. Cheap and effective? Yes, indeed!

DIY Furniture Polish Recipe — a Modern Mrs.
I did my before and after a little backwards... What can I say? I was excited to try it out! That minor issue aside, you can clearly see a difference. The results were phenomenal! Where the oil nourishes the wood, the vinegar cleans it, and it leaves a semi-shiny finish without any residue.

DIY Network's Furniture Polish Recipe

(Via DIY Network.)


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 spray bottle
  1. Add the olive oil and white vinegar to a clean spray bottle.
  2. Spray the mixture onto a soft cloth (never spray directly onto the furniture), then gently work the mixture in, wiping with the grain. "Right away you will see the luster return to the wood. If the wood looks dry, let it sit and then go over it one more time with the oil and vinegar."
  3. Let dry before handling.
That's it! A gentle wipe-down cleaned all of the dirt off of the chest while instantly brightening the wood, and making it look almost new. I am extremely pleased with the results, and it required minimal effort and time. I let the chest sit for about an hour so the oil could absorb as needed, then moved it to its current location at the foot of our bed.

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Will you be trying this recipe on your furniture?

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2 comments

  1. Bryan refurbished The toy box and bedside drawers that were made by my great uncle for me when I was a baby. It's so nice to have those pieces I grew up with in the house again. I'll have to remember the oil/vinegar trick to keep them looking nice!

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  2. That's awesome! I swear it's amazing. The chest still looks this way months later.

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