A few weeks ago, I took some time to hit some of my favorite local antique and thrift stores. I had been inside a lot during my shoulder recovery and then catching up on work through January and I just needed to get out…not to go to the grocery store or to run the boys to an activity, but to meander without much purpose. While I was out, I ended up buying a couple of old wooden spools for $1. I thought they would be nice to wrap yarn or twine around that had come unraveled. They were dirty and the wood was dry, though, so I took some time to clean them up and get them hydrated.
The first thing I did was scrub them with dish soap and water. I know some people are nervous about getting wood wet, but it really is the best way to clean things – wood included! I’ve scrubbed many pieces of wood furniture with soap and water and let them dry outside on a warm, sunny day.
Once they were all cleaned, I let them dry thoroughly on the counter overnight.
Once dry, I applied Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil with a natural-bristle artist’s brush.
I would typically use a microfiber cloth for something small like this, but the end grain of the wood was a little rough and very absorbent, so applying it with a brush worked much better.
I wiped away any excess oil with a microfiber cloth. When applying oil, it isn’t like a polyurethane that is laid on with a brush and then dries hard. It soaks into the surface like a lotion. If too much is applied, the excess needs to be wiped away or it will slow cure time and the surface might become sticky. If you wipe away the excess, it will feel dry to the touch immediately (it may feel a bit cold) and will fully cure after 30 days. It can be used during that time, but the surface might still release a little bit of excess oil during that cure time.
And, here are the spools! All cleaned and hydrated…
Why is taking pictures of spools so enjoyable?
It’s a simple thing, a small makeover of a utilitarian object, but I love how they turned out!
Here are some posts about Hemp Oil, including one showing how to use it to hydrate leather boots…““