Simple and Cheap Homemade Method to Refinish Wooden Furniture

Simple and Cheap Homemade Method to Refinish Wooden Furniture

Ok, so hitting a good yard sale or flea market and finding great old furniture is such fun. The problem however, is in refinishing that furniture. You certainly don’t want to get an old dresser for a steal and then spend a fortune having it redone. A better way? Why, the DIY way of course. This quick trick comes from the Lily and Thristie from

What you need is:

  • Olive or Vegetable Oil – About ¾ cup
  • White or Apple Cider Vinegar – About ¼ cup

Just mix together and dip a rag into the mixture. Then, just wipe your furniture down with it. This will completely eliminate those nips and make the furniture look nearly new again. And, because the vinegar and oil are not bad for the furniture, you can wipe it down as often as you like. If you have old coffee tables or any other furniture at home that needs a little pick me up, this is a great way to give it a new look again. It makes it very shiny and well-polished and not at all like something that you picked up for pennies at a yard sale.



  1. Eric Werner says

    As a professional refinisher in business for 30 years, I would not recommend continually doing this for several reasons. Although it does cover up scratches temporarily, It helps the rest of the finish to separate from the wood doing more damage. Also, the veg. oil is not a drying oil so it stays stick and collects dust for years. Down the road the the oil that has been absorbed into the bare wood will not allow correct refinishing with out it’s removal. You would be much better off learning how to correctly apply Tung Oil, a true re-finishing of the bare wood.

  2. dagmar Dlouhy says

    It doesn’t work! It’s like spilling some salad dressing on your furniture. Smells good, that about all it does.

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