September 27, 2023


New Estate

A 30-Minute Facet Desk Makeover With Danish Oil

4 min read

Again in June of 2021, I gave this facet desk in our breakfast room (at present getting used as a sitting room) a makeover by stripping the heavy manufacturing facility end from the desk to reveal the pure wooden.

I had supposed to offer the entire thing a protecting coat of my favourite clear coat, General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a flat finish. However after nearly two years, I had nonetheless by no means gotten round to giving this desk a protecting coat. So naturally, the unprotected uncooked wooden prime has proven indicators of use and put on.

I’m truly glad that I by no means acquired round to placing a transparent coat on this desk as a result of within the two years since I stripped the desk, I’ve realized about two new-to-me merchandise for wooden — Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C in the color Pure, which is what I used on all the walnut wooden in our grasp lavatory, and Watco Danish Oil in dark walnut, which is what I used on my walnut WaterRower within the house fitness center. The Rubio Monocoat is a transparent end, and the Danish Oil at the hours of darkness walnut darkens the wooden. I made a decision to offer the Danish Oil a strive on the desk.

I’m not 100% positive what this wooden is, though after I stripped the desk in 2021, many individuals appeared satisfied that the desk is manufactured from cherry. So I wasn’t anticipating the colour to be a deep and delightful as it’s on my walnut WaterRower. However I used to be pleasantly stunned with the colour. Right here’s a have a look at the entrance of the desk earlier than the Danish oil was utilized…

And right here’s the highest drawer part and one leg with the Danish oil..

The entire course of took me about half-hour. I utilized the Danish oil with a paper towel, let it sit a couple of minutes, after which wiped off of the surplus with one other paper towel. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! The oil gave the wooden a fantastic medium brown end. (Bonus factors if you will discover my cat within the image beneath. 😀 )

I’m very happy with how this turned out. And now Matt can be blissful that the desk prime has some safety on it, so we gained’t smash the desk fully. The colour truly goes properly with the wooden blinds within the room.

The desk prime has one piece of wooden that’s significantly lighter than the remaining in its pure colour. It wasn’t so noticeable when the entire thing was a lightweight colour, however now that it’s all darker, that one mild strip on the sting of the desk prime exhibits up much more. However I’m not bothered by it. That’s simply the character of ending actual wooden. Not all the items are going to take end in the very same method.

I’ve change into an enormous fan of Danish oil and Rubio Monocoat for pure oiled finishes. There’s simply such a pure magnificence in an oiled end versus a polyurethane end, and I discover myself searching for extra alternatives to make use of oiled finishes. I’m undecided how both of these would work on one thing like a eating desk that will get common use. Once we are in a position to flip this room again right into a breakfast room, and I can have a eating desk in right here once more, I is perhaps tempted to discover a desk that I can end myself in order that I can provide one in all these merchandise a strive on it.

Individuals ask me regularly what end I might advocate for eating tables, and as of proper now, the Basic Finishes Excessive Efficiency Topcoat (which is a water-based polyurethane) is my favourite, fingers down. However it might be good to search out another end, and an oiled end is perhaps a very good choice. Hopefully Future Kristi could have a chance to search out out! 😀

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