The left side of the table shows how it looked before I refreshed it. A little faded and dried out, and in need of a bit of TLC. The right side had already been treated.
Here's my go-to product for dried out wood. Howard's Feed-n-Wax. I also use it on our cabinets around the handles and pulls and anywhere that they get dried out and the finish shows wear. And I use it on our wood doors and floors whenever they get a scratch. The Feed-n-Wax covers up the scratches nicely and protects the wood.
It's used by furniture makers and refinishers and antique dealers. I love the soft orange scent that it has. And it's so easy to use.
How to use feed-n-wax
1. Squirt a small amount on a soft cloth. I use an old washcloth. The feed-n-wax isn't thick, but isn't exactly runny either. It has the consitency of shampoo.
2. Apply in a circular motion, working the feed-n-wax down into the wood grain.
You can see the difference in the wood that has been treated and the wood that hasn't yet had the feed-n-wax applied.
3. After covering the entire surface, let the feed-n-wax soak in for about 10 to 20 minutes. Then wipe off any excess that hasn't soaked in.
4. Buff with a soft cloth. Or if you don't like a gloss finish, you can skip this step. I prefer more of a matte finish, so I didn't buff mine.
That's all there is to it. You can find feed-n-wax at Amazon, and also your local paint store (we carry it at Kittrell Paint & Wallpaper), antique shops, and possibly hardware stores.
Let me know if you use feed-n-wax in other ways. I'm always looking for new uses for great products.
If you found this tip helpful, check out my other tips:
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- How to paint your floor to look like tiles
- How to refinish furniture
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