Sunday, September 15, 2013

Seaworthy + Coconut Table

I got this table at a garage sale last year for $4.  It was tucked away in a storage closet just waiting for its makeover.
To start, I sanded the top down.  I normally use Minwax Dark Walnut stain, but I didn't want this to be so dark. I read on 2 Little Superheroes that she stained wood with coconut oil.  I have some in the house (we use it for moisturizer) and decided to test it out.
I love the way it came out!  Coconut oil has so many benefits over stain:

  • It was so easy to do.
    • I just rubbed the oil on with a clean cloth--that's it!
  • It dries way faster than stain.
    • I did wait until the next day to seal it with Minwax Finishing Paste, but probably could have done it in just a few hours.
  • It does not highlight flaws in the wood like stain does.
    • Stain seems to settle in any imperfection (especially the swirl marks from a sander) and highlight them, the coconut oil did not.
  • It is all natural and smells wonderful!
    • No having to use rubber gloves or making sure I am in a well ventilated area.
  • It brings out the natural color of the wood.
    • Not every piece will be the same color since each wood has a different natural color.


I painted the body of the table with two coats of SW Seaworthy that I mixed into homemade chalk paint.
I distressed the edges with the sanding sponge and finished up with Minwax Finishing Paste.  

I am so happy with the way it came out.  The color of the wood paired so well with the paint color.  It made quick and easy work of this piece.  Coconut oil is definitely a technique worth trying out.  

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35 comments:

  1. Amazing transformation. Even makes the handles look interesting. Thanks for the coconut oil tip!

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  2. First of all - coconut oil for a stain?! That is amazing! I have never heard of that but it looks like the results are really good!

    Secondly, the table turned out so well. Good job!

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  3. I love your finished results--and, I will remember the coconut oil trick! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. WOW, that turned out really cute! Love the color!

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  5. Beautiful Transformation, I am loving your tip about the coconut oil, it works perfectly ~ Lisa

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  6. Looks great and thanks for the tip!

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  7. I love this and thanks for the tip the top looks great.Sometimes I want the top to be this colour and not too dark this looks perfect-love dee x

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  8. I love coconut oil and all that can be done with it! I'm definitely Pinning and all of my friends who make fun of me for being like the Dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding was with Windex will see!

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  9. Great idea, and you make over looks terrific. I use coconut oil to refresh my wooden bread boards. It's great stuff!

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  10. So pretty! Did not know that you can use coconut oil. Thank you for this!
    Pinning!

    Ellya

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  11. Looks beautiful! Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

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  12. This turned out great!! Please come share this on a party I cohost, DIY Sunday Showcase! It's open now!

    Shelly
    Minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey thanks for sharing it on DIY Sunday Showcase! I am deff gonna pin this one to our board!!

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  13. Wow..... I had no idea! Love how this turned out.....

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  14. Love this transformation!! The color of the stain is beautiful, and love that there isn't a bad smell with it!

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  15. Coconut oil? Really? That is awesome! Amazing and helpful.....
    Thanks,
    Nancy

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  16. I'm a hug fan of the dark walnut stain but I really like the way the blue looks with the lighter stain. I love it, you did an awesome job!
    Stopping by from The Real Housewives.

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  17. Wow, gonna have to try this one! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

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  18. Looks great! I love the color!! Thanks for sharing at Share your Stuff Tuesdays :)

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  19. I love what you have done. Please come show off your creativity at Frenzy Friday.
    We are at http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com/2013/09/craft-frenzy-friday-5.html I will not be a party without you!.

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  20. I love how it turned out. Such a pretty piece. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  21. This turned out great! You did an amazing job! Found you on Inspire Me Please link up! If you like to like up come over to www.craftdictator.com for Craft Frenzy Friday!! I hope to see you there!

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  22. WOW! Who Knew? This is a wonderful tip and look how wonderful this piece turned out! great job:)

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  23. Thumbs UP! What a FAB transformation. Very clever idea.

    Happy w/end.
    /CC girl

    P.S.
    If ever you visit my blog, my post for Blue Friday was dated on the 14th Sept. TY in advance.

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  24. So pretty! I love that blue and I didn't know you could use coconut oil on wood! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  25. Oh I LOVE the blue color. I'm new to diys like this. Just did my first toddler table and it was no biggie. I just got a jar of coconut oil in today so I may have to try it as a stain sometime. I love how your tale turned out! Visiting from DIY Vintage Chic.

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  26. Love it! Thanks for sharing on The Creative Home & Garden Hop...hope to see you again today!
    http://littlehomesteadonthehill.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-creative-home-garden-hop-10.html

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  27. What an awesome idea! I never would have known you could use coconut oil to stain wood! Love the new look of your side table!

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  28. Oh I bet it smells yummy too! And I love that shade of blue - super cute!

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  29. Looks Amazing! I'm so happy that the tip worked for you!

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  30. LOOKS SUPER GREAT. Can I use a liquid poly sealer over the coconut oil to seal it?

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  31. OMG..I came over from the Fluster Buster Party but this post caught my eye. This is great I am surely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. This is an awesome tip. I use coconut oil for so many things yet had no idea it would work and work so beautifully! I've placed your link in my post! Thanks for the inspiration. BTW, the piece looks gorgeous!

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