Giving Old Wood New Life

Happy Monday! Today I’m sharing with you a super simple way to make an old junky crate (or any wood piece for that matter) look like a high dollar antique store find! City-wide garage sales were this past weekend and I scored a few of these dirty old crates for a great deal. *insert thumbs-up emoticon here* Wooden crates are one of my go-to decor pieces, so needless to say, I was pumped! 😉

This is what they looked like fresh off the curb:



Not bad…but they were definitely dirty, faded, and had cobwebs forming in several corners. Just in need of a little TLC. My painting boss has a wealth of experience in restoring antiques, and a while back she suggested using Murphy Oil Soap to clean up wooden pieces and then using some danish oil to really make them shine. (You should be able to find both at your local home improvement store.)


I started by taking a bucket of Murphy Oil Soap mixed with water and used a little brush and rag to scrub down on the crates (This part can be really yucky, but so worth the final result.)

Next, I simply took a rag with the danish oil and rubbed them down bring out the beauty of the natural wood. The transformation was truly amazing!



crate makeover

From drab to fab!  You can also use this combo on chairs, tables, and other wooden finds. It is so simple and a great way to restore wood to it’s original beauty.

Here are some old folding chairs that we spruced up using this technique as well (top row is before & bottom row is after):


What do you think? Do you have any secret formulas or tricks to restoring old wood? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you! Or find me on Facebook (Grace Unmeasured Blog) and Instagram (@graceunmeasured) and let’s stay in touch!

Happy Craftin!

Julia 🙂

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