We were just gifted a beautiful, raw timber cot and change table from my Mum and her partner ready for the arrival of our little Fitzrigglet.
Now kids friends have demonstrated their ability to eat timber cots when they’re teething, so I needed to seal it with something non-toxic that would still protect the timber enough to keep it looking great for years to come.
After asking around and not getting much feedback, I decided bees wax would be the way to go if I wanted to maintain the beautiful blonde colour of this timber. My mother in law brought a block up for me to have a play with and I set about seeing what I could figure out.
First I tried rubbing the wax on straight off the block which was a total waste of time and wax so I quickly ditched that idea. What I needed was something I could dilute it with to make it easier to apply and absorb. We’ve always used Grapeseed Oil on our timber chopping boards, but it didn’t seem durable enough for furniture that’s almost guaranteed to be smeared in an array of child bodily fluids.
Anyway, I remembered an old timber chopping block we got from Ikea like a thousand years ago and that it came with this food grade 100% mineral oil sealant which is a clear, neutral oil with no colouring or fragrances. After doing some digging in the shed and some research to make sure it can’t go off, I decided this was just what I needed.
What You Need
1 block of quality 100% bees wax.
Doesn’t really matter how big your block is, that will only affect the quantity of polish you can make.
1 bottle of 100% mineral oil.
Like I said, I had ours left over from an Ikea purchase many, many moons ago but you can find it from heaps of different retailers online.
1 large, wide mouthed glass jar or container.
Make sure the jar you use is big enough to get your hand right into the bottom of it.
How To Do It
Melt the bees wax
Chop up your block of bees wax into smaller chunks using a large knife – I went for chunks of about 2cm square which melted quite quickly.
Put them all in your glass jar. Don’t be too worried about if they’re piled up past the rim, as the bottom melts, it will all fall down nicely.
Place the glass jar in a saucepan of water, put this on a low heat and bring slowly to the boil.
Wait for the bees wax to completely melt. You may have to stir it every now and then.
Combine the wax and oil
Turn off the stove and very carefully remove your glass jar from it using jarring tongs or an oven mitt.
To get a ratio of equal part wax and oil, I used a skewer to measure the height of the melted bees wax within my jar.
I then marked an equal amount above the melted wax line which gave me a marker for pouring in the mineral oil.
As you add the oil, your wax is likely to set again. Return it to the saucepan and stir until it’s all combined.
Leave it to set
Pop it in a safe place, out of the sun for it to cool off and set.
Apply to your timber furniture
Applying it super easy.
You just need a clean, white cloth (so you don’t get any colour leeching) which you can use to apply the wax in a circular motion to any raw timber surface.
The best part? If you need to top it up at any point (my kitchen table is due for another coat) there’s no preparation needed other than giving it a good clean and making sure it’s dry!