I was watching something on television recently (I can’t remember the program) where a crew of people were helping families to “green up” their lives. Besides the usual remedies, something caught my interest: an alternative for synthetic furniture oil.
The thing is, I have this rad teak coffee table from the 1960s that I inherited from my older brother, who inherited it from our parents, who themselves inherited it from my grandparents:
As you can see on the left, it hasn’t been oiled in quite some time. I’ve always been hesitant using harsh oils of stains without a lacquer, and I definitely didn’t want to lacquer the table, so I was left standing there with my paintbrush in my hand – what to do? Well, not only is it a healthy alternative to butter, but olive oil can, apparently, oil wooden furniture (right side). After applying a few small dabs of oil into a paper towel, I rubbed the oil into the tabletop for about 5 minutes. The wood looks much better now, and its almost wind-weathered top now glistens with the deep shade of brown I remembered it once having.
Note: Although it looks like the water stains and imperfections from the last 40 years are more apparent after the oiling, I think its an artifact of my camera; in person, it looks pretty boss.
Note 2: I added a second coat – looks even better, and no – it doesn’t smell.