Several months ago I wrote about one of my favorite homemade mixtures for reviving new life into old dry wood, and in particular, wooden items that have some water spots. My post from last fall focused on an old wooden folding table that I wanted to perk up and put to use again in my blogging office and this little homemade trick did not disappoint me. My little table turned out looking pretty good again and I was a happy camper.
This week I was looking at another little wooden item in my house that needed some sprucing up, and I decided to once again use my go-to homemade mixture to moisturize old dry wood and see what it could do. And once again it worked – and I’m a happy camper!
So even though I’ve shared this recipe once before, I thought it was worth sharing again because it’s such a simple homemade solution that can give some pretty impressive results.
And we all love a good Before-and-After story, right?
The item in question this time was a wooden basket organizer I use on my bathroom counter. Because it’s in the bathroom, it’s prone to getting water splashed on it which had taken its toll on the finish as time went by. So yes, it was starting to look kind of beat up but I still love my little basket. It fits perfectly in the space where I use it and I sure didn’t feel like buying something else to replace it. It was worth it to me to see if I could fix it up with my DIY solution.
My DIY Solution To Restore Dry Wood
My homemade mixture uses equal parts of three ingredients: mayonnaise, lemon juice, and olive oil. It sounds like a salad dressing, I know! But these three ingredients do a great job of cleaning and nourishing wood and usually when I use it, all the water spots disappear and the wood looks SO MUCH better than it did before.
I usually use a tablespoon of each ingredient, but even that makes more than I really need. You just need to dab the corner of a rag into your mixture and then rub it into the wood. It doesn’t take much to do the job so you can adjust the recipe to suit the size of your project. Just remember to use equal parts of each ingredient.
Here’s how to do it:
DIY Wood Restore Moisturizer
1 tablespoon Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Combine all three ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well to get everything mixed together.
To Use: Dip the corner of a rag into the mixture and then rub it into the wood. Use a rag you don’t care about using again, or that you can just dedicate to this purpose, as this mixture has oily ingredients and might not wash out to your satisfaction if you use your most favorite cleaning cloth.
Here’s a few Before-and-After pictures so you can see how this mixture works:
A close-up side view . . .
A little different angle from the side . . .
And a look at the entire basket . . .
I think that first close-up view shows it the best 🙂
Now my little basket is back in our bathroom again, keeping us organized, and giving us a place to keep some often used things (That’s where I keep my homemade glycerin moisturizing spray and my homemade eyeglass cleaner! ~ tee hee ).
So if you’ve got some sort of wooden item or doo-dad around the house that’s seen it’s better days, show it a little love first with this homemade mixture before you just quickly toss it out. You don’t have much to lose by mixing up a bit of mayo, lemon juice, and olive oil, and chances are you’ll be amazed at the results!
And if you’d like to read more about the first story I shared on this subject, here’s the link to that folding table restoration project: