My favorite piece of furniture in our flat is this beautiful rosewood table which we found on Gumtree a few months ago. You should have seen my face when I found it, I looked like a kid in a sweet shop! My husband and I were moving from my old small flat to a bigger place where I could finally fit a table, but I didn’t want to buy anything new if I could find it second hand. I also didn’t want to buy a temporary piece of furniture that ‘would do’ for now. I hate that. When I buy something, especially furniture, I like to know that I’ve bought something well made that will last as long as I will. Maybe I just get too attached to things around me, but I like permanent features in my home. It makes me feel a lot more relaxed, and I love finding a bargain.
This table will probably end up being a family heirloom, and if it doesn’t, I’ll haunt the first person who tries to throw it away. But in the meantime, I want to maintain it as well as possible.
Since it’s second hand it was a little battered with a few scratches here and there, but all it really needed was a little bit of a polish, and since I’m gradually clearing out all my shop-bought products I thought I’d make my furniture polish instead of buying it.
- Walnut oil 1/3
- Olive oil 1/3
- Beeswax 1/3
- Five drops Sweet Orange essential oil
- Five drops of Lemon Essential Oil
The first thing you need to figure out is how much you’ll need. I have a tin jar I’m re-using which used to be a travel candle, so the first thing I needed to do is figure out how much it could hold (2.9 oz) and divide that into three. One-third of walnut oil, one-third of olive oil and one-third of beeswax.
As for the essential oils you use, that’s really up to you. I prefer a citrusy smell for something like this, but you could try so many different variations. How about lavender and rose? Sandalwood and rosemary? Or chamomile and peppermint?
Now for the mix:
I have a little stainless steel mixing pot which I can heat my ingredients in and melt them over a pot of boiling water. I’m not a massive fan of heating ingredients in a pot which directly on the hob. I’ve burned and overheated too many ingredients that way. If a stainless steel pot is all you have, then feel free to use that, but be very, very careful with the heat! It’s better to have it too low than too high. I would recommend though that you don’t use a pot which you intend to use for food. While it’s not impossible, beeswax – especially the taste of it – can be very hard to get off your cookware, so maybe don’t use your favorite cooking pot.
First thing I melted down was the beeswax. It’s the thickest of the ingredients I used, so I wanted to make sure there were no lumps in the final product. I used a wooden lolly stick to mix the beeswax until it had melted completely, then I added the olive oil, walnut oil and, finally, the essential oils. Mix it thoroughly, pour it into the pot you want to use and then wait for it to cool. That’s it! Lovely, homemade, non-toxic furniture polish!