A 30-Minute Side Table Makeover With Danish Oil

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Written By Jim J Neal

Back in June of 2021, I gave our breakfast room a makeover by stripping the factory finish off a side table to expose the natural wood. I had planned to give the table a protective coat of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a flat finish, but two years later, I still hadn’t gotten around to it. The unprotected raw wood top had shown signs of wear and tear.

That’s when I decided to try Watco Danish Oil in dark walnut. I had recently learned about this product, and I used it on my walnut WaterRower in the home gym. I wasn’t expecting the color to be as deep and beautiful as it is on my walnut WaterRower, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

I applied the Danish oil with a paper towel, let it sit for a few minutes, and wiped off the excess. The oil gave the wood a beautiful medium brown finish. I’m very pleased with the result, and now Matt can rest easy knowing that the table top has some protection. The color also goes nicely with the wood blinds in the room.

Since using Danish oil on this table, I’ve become a big fan of natural oiled finishes. I’m not sure how either of these products would work on something like a dining table that gets regular use. But when we are able to turn this room back into a breakfast room and I can have a dining table in here again, I might be tempted to find a table that I can finish myself so that I can give one of these products a try.

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