It’s no secret that I love old furniture pieces that have that rustic farmhouse vibe… and if it has a story behind it, I love it even more. I rescued this old stool from my grandparents house recently. The stool has been sitting at my grandparents back door for as long as I can remember. It’s endured decades of harsh Mallee weather and it was looking rather worse for wear. But I could see it had good bones, and thought it would make a good filler for the corner of our dining area.
You can see in these before pictures, that the stool had definitely seen better days. The varnish had become white and was cracked and brittle, and there was water stains and grease marks…. but you can still see it’s beauty… yeah!?
The revamp was a very simple 2 step process… sand and oil. I used an orbital sander for the majority of the job, and then sanded by hand for the little bits and pieces the sander couldn’t reach. I used a medium (80) grit first, to remove the old varnish which had become white and brittle; followed by a fine (180) grit to smooth it down nicely. I didn’t get too fussy with the sanding job… there is probably little bits of varnish left, and the cracks and dents are still there… but I didn’t want to take away its rustic charm and character. You can see below, once I had finished sanding, the wooden was looking really thirsty and dry.
After a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dust from the sanding process, I gave it a coat of Miss Mustard Seed hemp oil. This is as easy as getting an old rag (that won’t leave fluff) and rubbing the oil into the wood. As you can see from the picture, it has brought out the lovely aged patina of the wood.
I’ve used hemp oil before on my ikea stool hack and loved the finish it gives… a soft lustre, highlighting the imperfections and age of the wood. It gives a protective, water resistant finish and is perfect for reviving old wood surfaces. The hemp oil really does go a long way. I’ve used my 250mL bottle on my ikea stool top and this stool, and I have barely necked the bottle! You can purchase it here from the lovely Sada at For The Love Creations.
I just love all the little imperfections… it’s dents, splits, the blackened nails. It really has character, and I love that a little piece of my grandparent’s home is now a part of mine. I will definitely treasure this piece for years to come.
Have you got a piece of furniture that you could revive with hemp oil? I’d love to hear how you go transforming your special pieces! Feel free to comment below, or reach out on social media.
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