Monday, January 23, 2012

Homemade Furniture Polish

So I'm not buying any new home furnishings or clothing/shoes/accessories for the whole year. I've made it so far (23 days). However, that doesn't mean I have to accept the condition of the things I have, right? 

I won't be buying new cabinets this year, but with a homemade furniture polish, I can feel like I have brand new cabinets. 

These are my master bathroom cabinet doors...

The recipe for a homemade furniture polish is simple:
2 parts vinegar
1 part olive oil
(in other words, 1 C olive oil + 2 C vinegar)

Ready to polish my cabinets

Part way the left door (unpolished) to the right door (polished)

Compare the next two pictures.
They are both of the same drawer. The top is before, the bottom is after!

My brand new cabinets!


  • You may want to start with smaller amounts, say 1 C vinegar and 1/2 C olive oil.
  • If your fingernails are dear to you, wear gloves. After I did my entire kitchen without gloves, my fingernails were flimsy and broken. 
  • If you have divots in the wood, this homemade furniture polish will not get rid of them, but they will be far less noticeable
  • If you have a special glaze or colored stain on your cabinets, try a small, inconspicuous spot before polishing them. 

1 comment:

  1. This looks great! I have seen other recipes that involve beeswax, but I'll be honest, I don't often feel like melting it down in order to clean up a bit. I just got a piano free on craigslist that definitely needs love and I will be trying this!