OK, time to push on with the Canterbury Pitt cooker cabinet refurbishment. I thought I would first start off somewhere discreet and out-of-the-way a little, like the interior shelf of the cooker unit, just to see how things look. That way I can decide how far I want to go with the rest of the unit. Or if things go horribly wrong it won’t be the first thing you see! The shelf itself was solid enough, just grubby and stained from use over the years so hopefully a refresh can help clean things up a bit.
After working through a few different grades of abrasive paper with the sander, the stains and marks had mostly disappeared revealing a much cleaner version of the original mahogany veneered shelf, huge difference!
Cleaned, oiled and waxed
Once this stage had finished, it was time to apply some protective finish to the wood. Initially, I applied a few coats of Danish wood oil (rubbing down with fine steel wool in-between coats to help get a better/smoother finish). Once this stage was finished and the oil had been fully absorbed by the wood and dried, it was then time to rub in a final coat of Beeswax to finish off the refresh…
After the Beeswax had been rubbed into the wood and allowed time to be absorbed, it was then a case of giving it a polish up with a clean cloth – quite a transformation! The Danish wood oil and Beeswax help feed the wood and also help bring out the natural colour, lustre and character of the mahogany grain.
The only trouble is I’ll now need to sort out the rest of the unit as well… #FirstWorldProblems