In a magical world, my house is filled with unique farmhouse inspired decor and antique furniture that poignantly embody our homesteading personality and proclivity towards rustic French living.
In the real world, however; my home is filled with a miss-mash of heavily worn (well loved) second hand furniture that I pretend is “rustic” and awaiting their time to be refinished or otherwise uplifted into modern farmhouse pieces.
So for now, I dust and polish them to help cover up their age and help them look rustic-chic…(-ish). Or so I tell myself…
As much as I enjoy the ease offered by certain store bought oil & wax based polishes, I am always compelled by the anti-chemical soap box I seem to permanently stand on. And to that end, I rely heavily on my DIY Thieves Wood Polish to get’er done.
This polish is a semi-solid paste that I store in a small jar and use a rag to buff in. I love how easy it is to apply and how it instantly enlivens old surfaces by minimizing the look of worn out lacquer or varnish. It helps fill in scratches and forms a tough barrier to repels liquids and allow dust to be effortlessly wiped away. And with Thieves added in, I rest easy knowing that my surfaces have the added bonus of being guarded against germs.
The polish doesn’t take long to make and requires minimal equipment:
- A scale capable of measuring in grams or ounces
- A small sauce pan/pot
- A small metal can (I like saving soup cans for these kinds of crafts!)
- A Popsicle stick or other small stirring item
- A small mason jar or jam jar
And the ingredients won’t break the bank either:
- 5 grams Beeswax (Without Carnauba increase to 10g)
- 5 grams Carnauba wax (Optional BUT does make your polish tougher and last longer)
- 50grams Coconut Oil (You could also use mineral oil or some other oil with a long shelf life)
Begin by starting a small pot with about 1/2 inch of water on medium heat on your stovetop. Using a scale, measure out your Beeswax, Carnauba wax and coconut oil and add to your metal tin. Place your metal tin into your water bath and occasionally stir the oils & waxes as they melt. Turn your heat down some, if your tin begins to rock to avoid getting water droplets into your mixture. Once all your waxes have completely melted, remove your tin (careful, it will be hot) from the pan of water.
Let your mixture cool down for a few minutes- the mixture will go from clear to slightly hazy but should still be fluid. Pour your polish mixture into your mason jar (or whatever jar you have found) and wait a minute or two longer for it to thicken and cool. When it is still warm, and able to be stirred; add in 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil (I also love adding in 3-5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil for a super fresh scent). Stir your polish well and then leave to completely cool down.
**Adding any Essential Oil you prefer to this mixture works too. Remember to make sure that your polish has cooled as much as possible (but can still be stirred) before adding any essential oils-the awesome goodness within essential oils are heat sensitive and will volatilize/vaporize (gas off) with higher temperatures..
To use your polish, take a soft cotton cloth and wipe the surface of your polish and buff onto wooden surfaces in need of a restorative shine. Store your polish in a cool, dark place.