A 30-Minute Aspect Desk Makeover With Danish Oil

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

I had supposed to provide 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 received round to placing a transparent coat on this desk as a result of within the two years since I stripped the desk, I’ve discovered about two new-to-me merchandise for wooden — Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C in the color Pure, which is what I used on the entire walnut wooden in our grasp rest room, and Watco Danish Oil in dark walnut, which is what I used on my walnut WaterRower within the residence fitness center. The Rubio Monocoat is a transparent end, and the Danish Oil in the dead of night walnut darkens the wooden. I made a decision to provide the Danish Oil a attempt on the desk.

I’m not 100% certain what this wooden is, though once I stripped the desk in 2021, many individuals appeared satisfied that the desk is product of 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 good looking medium brown end. (Bonus factors if you could find my cat within the image under. 😀 )

I’m more than happy with how this turned out. And now Matt will likely be comfortable that the desk prime has some safety on it, so we gained’t spoil the desk utterly. 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 remainder in its pure shade. It wasn’t so noticeable when the entire thing was a light-weight shade, 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 the entire items are going to take end in the very same manner.

I’ve turn into a giant 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 unsure how both of these would work on one thing like a eating desk that will get common use. After 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 could be tempted to discover a desk that I can end myself in order that I may give considered one of these merchandise a attempt on it.

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