How to restore a grotty wooden bowl
30 July 04

I like old wooden bowls. I look for them everywhere; real estate sales, junkyards, garage sales... I even found one in the bin a few months ago! Why, you may ask... how terrible they look, they are dirty, moldy and dirty. Yuck, if you were my husband, you would say.

Wait, I will reply... Let me work my magic, you will see!

This is my cleaning and repair method... Look at this old wooden bowl I found on a weekend sale in a garage. It is dirty and stained. It has mildew on it. It's discolored

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See dirt and water stains...



First of all, I will show you how to clean it, and then I will tell you how to make Poland restore its glory and make it shine. I use my bowl to show my collection of acorns and stones. I will not use them for food. If I do this, I will use olive oil/beeswax polish instead.

For cleanliness, you need boiling water and sodium bicarbonate (something you put in the fridge makes it smell good)

The polish you need is tasteless turpentine, beeswax and your favorite essential oil... my lavender.

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Clean the bowl and I soak it in warm water for a few minutes. Then I scrub it with detergent and brush (this is for the bottle brush that is no longer needed)

I scrub it hard. Then I rinse it and fill it with boiling water and allow it to stand still for a few minutes.

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I poured out the boiling water and put a baking soda in the bowl. I add a few drops of water until it forms a paste, and then scrub it with my hand. You will be amazed at what comes out... It is all old dirt and debris. Carbonic drinks are wonderfully soft. The paste turns brown. I feel very satisfied.


When I think it has been cleaned, I will thoroughly wash the sodium bicarbonate paste and wash it quickly with detergent. Then I put it in the sun to dry.

Look at it's dry beautiful white. Oh, it's very clean and cute. I like this retro look and often like this.

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But sometimes it needs a little more TLC. Here's how I got my Poles:

I couldn't find my measuring cup anywhere (children!*great dramatic sigh*), so I improvised with an old yogurt container (4 ounces).

1 cup odorless turpentine oil (2 yogurt containers)

1/2 cup melted beeswax (1 yogurt container)

A few drops of essential oil (optional)

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Make a Bain-Marie on your stove to melt beeswax (if you want instructions on how to safely melt beeswax, please check out my other posts that worked with beeswax)

When it melts, place turpentine in a bowl of warm water... When you add hot melted beeswax, you want it to warm. After the wax melts, it is added to the warm turpentine and stirred well. After it cools slightly, add essential oil and stir again.


When the mixture cools, it emulsifies into a particularly thick polishing agent.

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Use a lint-free cloth to rub the lubricant evenly into the bowl. I apply for several coats and Voila! A beautiful stained and polished wooden bowl. I like to know that before it was afraid of life, it was loved, abandoned, forgotten, discarded, discovered, restored, and then loved again. Oh...how romantic!


Look at the appearance of beautiful texture tags.

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Can you be surprised if you can turn a bad old thing into a beautiful one?