Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, chances are you’ll have heard a lot about a certain ingredient known as hemp oil. Hemp oil is renowned for its healing abilities on human beings, but as it turns out, it can also lend its healing abilities to wood and modern furniture in the process. Hemp plants, yes, those hemp plants, can be utilized to create more than 250,000 individual, fully-unique products. Hemp seeds for example, are used to make everything from beauty products to food and nutritional supplements. For the purpose of this article however, we are going to take a look at furniture hemp oil and interior designed furniture. You see, when it comes to sealing furniture, hemp oil is almost certainly the best of the best.
The oil itself dries very quickly, making it perfect for everything from industrial tables to other wooden house furnishings. Though known as a drying oil, it can take as long as 30 days for the oil to fully cure. It will be fairly dry to the touch after a few hours, but for the first 30 days, a light oily texture is not uncommon. The finish it provides is typically matte, with a hint of satin. If you’re looking to give household furniture such as a stained wood cabinet, a new lease of life, hemp oil works wonders. Here’s how to use it to seal your furniture:
Gather your materials – Before you even consider making a start on sealing your wooden furniture with hemp oil, the first thing you need to do is gather your materials and get everything neat, tidy, and organized. Preparation is the key to success here, and if you want your nesting table set to really look its best once you’ve sealed it, you need to take the time to gather your materials. You’ll obviously need the furniture hemp oil, but on top of that you will need a clean rag, a brush, old dusting rags, sand paper or a sanding machine, your furniture, and of course, clean clothes for you. Before you start, make sure you have everything you need, as the last thing you want is to get half-way through your sealing process, only to find that you’re missing the sand paper for sanding down the top surface of the wood.
Prep the surface of your furniture – Whether you’re making a wood credenza, a TV stand, or anything else, before you apply your hemp oil to the surface, you need to make sure that it is fully prepped and ready to go. If the wood does need sanding, sand it down until it meets your approval. Next, blow away any surface dust and dirt, and give it a very light dusting. The surface should be clean and completely free of dust. If the oil is being applied over paint, make sure it is completely dry.
Familiarize yourself with the oil – When people purchase hemp oil for the first time, when they get the container open and see the oil inside they often panic and have second thoughts. The reason for this is that the oil looks a beautiful deep green colour, and they worry that their light pine media cabinet is going to be stained green when the oil is applied. Don’t worry, this isn’t the case at all. The oil looks dark when applied, but it quickly turns much lighter as the wood absorbs it. If you do want a darker finish, just apply another layer once the first layer has soaked in and cured slightly.
Apply the oil – So, now that you’re satisfied that the wooden surface is indeed ready to receive a layer of hemp oil, go ahead and apply the oil. Now, it doesn’t matter whether you have art deco modern furniture or a basic low table, you need to be very careful and precise when you apply the oil. Take your time and do it gradually. Don’t just throw heaps on and hope the will soak it all up because you will potentially ruin your beautiful modern design furniture if you’re not careful. Apply a generous amount of oil to a clean and lint-free rag and wipe down the wood. You can also use a clean paintbrush as you don’t need to worry about brushstrokes. Just wipe a thin layer of hemp oil over the surface of your modern design furniture, make sure there is no excess, and let the wood tell you if it needs any more. You will quickly see the oil drying and will have an idea of whether or not another layer is needed. If it is, repeat the process until you achieve the desired finish, and that should be that. With pieces of furniture that get a lot of usage, such as a dining set perhaps, experts recommend applying a second, and possibly third coat of oil to really prolong your beautiful contemporary furniture. If the furniture is purely for decorative purposes, like many pieces of mid century modern furniture, one layer of oil should be enough because the furniture is simply being admired, rather than used.
Buff after 12 hours – Once you’ve applied the final amount of hemp oil to your wooden furniture, you simply need to leave somewhere dry and airy to cure and dry for around 12 hours. After 12 hours, take another clean and lint-free rag and buff away any excess oil that may be left. Remember, the wood only absorbs what it needs. This is where it pays to really use some elbow grease because if you are looking for a nice sheen and shiny finish for your, say, 3 piece table set, you need to really buff it and polish it well.
Admire and enjoy – Right, that’s now pretty much that. You’ve given your house furnishings the hemp oil they desperately need, and now you can simply sit back and admire your handywork. Remember, the oil will look dark initially, but you’ll be amazed by how much lighter it turns as it dries. You should now be set for at least another 3 years before additional furniture hemp oil may be required, so enjoy.