Tuesday, November 26, 2013


It's no secret that I love the product Howard Feed and Seed or Weed and Feed, or Seed and Weed, whatever it is…I love it! It's a bees wax.  I do not like most waxed because they look so 'waxy' but this is more liquid but not greasy and so easy to spread and work with. I've told many people about this product when they ask how to freshen up their wood furniture.  Seriously, the first time you use this you will run around your house wanting to wax everything that is wood.

I recently used the newly discovered product 'Restore A Finish' while working on a set of chairs for a customer.  I loved it so much and wanted to try it on a few random pieces.  They have a few different colors to choose from.  I used the Oak on the chairs but most pieces I have would most likely require the darker walnut shade.

Here is a piece I chose as a little 'before and after' on these products

This is the 'before'.  I am just doing the top.  As you can see, it has a LOT of superficial scratches and discoloration.

 Holy Cow!  Look at this 'after'!  I simply wiped on the this product.  Athough it didn't take out every imperfection, it certainly made this top significantly nicer!

As suggested on the back of the can, I followed up with beeswax after waiting at least 30 minutes. So far I am impressed, so I decided to try another piece to see if this was real….

SUPER scratched up and few odd stains going on.

I decided to try steel wool on the top (going with the grain) to help prep it for the restore product.

Not sure if the steel wool helped or not but you can see from the picture below that the product does help significantly.

The 'after' when using the Restore and Beeswax.  These products will not work on water marks or remove major stains but for a piece that has a few imperfections, I definitely think it's worth a shot!


  1. Wow, beats stripping and restraining. I must Pin this and try in the VERY near future. Thank you so much for the tips!

    Crystal from My Elements to Elegance