Wooden bowls may be all the rage now but as a girl who grew up in the South with a world-class biscuit maker for a Mama, dough bowls — as we refer to them – are just part of the kitchen landscape. My mom has several, all family hand-me-downs and all round, not the oblong, trencher-style that you find when searching the term, “dough bowl” online.
To be honest, the only biscuits I’ve personally made came out of a can — but — I couldn’t pass up buying this bowl when my mom and I found it at a thrift store for just $1. The wood was stained, scratched and missing all of its original finish but for just a buck, I couldn’t really complain:
My initial idea was to refinish the bowl as I would any other old, wooden item by first sanding the wood then coating it with oil-based stain and polyurethane but, after a bit of research, I decided to restore the bowl the same way chefs keep their cutting boards looking new – and voila, much bettter, don’t you think?
The process is really easy and pain-free — just 3 steps! Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Thoroughly smooth the wood and remove any scratches or surface stains with sandpaper, working from coarse-grit to medium-grit to smooth-grit. Remove all sawdust and grit with a tackcloth or slightly damp rag.
Step 2: Liberally coat the bowl with mineral oil, really rubbing the oil into the parched wood.
Step 3: Wait a few hours for the wood to fully absorb the oil then enjoy your like-new bowl! Seriously, that’s it, this project takes a little elbow grease but the results are well worth the effort.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison that demonstrates how much richer the wood is with just a little TLC:
Best of all, you can keep your “new” old bowl looking great with another coat of mineral oil anytime the wood looks a little dry; sanding is only necessary again if your bowl becomes scratched or stained. Have you restored any worn wooden finds? Share your tips or tricks in the comments below.
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