Wood Butter 101
Ahh, wood butter; the delightful dark horse of your home maintenance routine. This easy to make, two-ingredient miracle can condition any and all unfinished wood surfaces, pieces of furniture, cooking tools, serving platters, cutting boards, favorite wooden antiques...the list goes on and on.
Your summer skin isn’t the only thing that needs an extra boost of moisture as the seasons change. As our skin needs lotion, wood needs butterin’. Using wood butter semi-regularly can drastically improve the longevity and quality of your wood. It shines up so nicely, accentuates the detail in the grain, and can act as a semi protective helper to any surface you massage it into. We personally love using it on tabletops, cutting boards, and we even use it on our kitchen countertop at the shop.
We have recipe cards free for the taking if you stop in. We almost always have a jar on hand for you to see what the finished product looks like, and we’re happy to give you a live demo/tutorial. We also have wood butter kits for sale if you wanna take the guesswork out, or just give it a try. If you’re feeling confident and ready to butter, we sell coconut oil and beeswax beads in bulk for you to make your own. Here’s the recipe!
Beeswax Wood Butter
1:3 beeswax to coconut oil
Double boiler, or a bowl that fits on top of a pot
Storage container (mason jars work great!)
Combine all your ingredients
Place it in your double boiler and allow to melt
Once melted, leave on the counter to cool
Once cooled, put it in your storage container of choice
To use, scoop a bit onto wood surface and massage in.
Store in cool, dry place
Use to re-moisturize dried out wood surfaces.
We recommend starting with a small amount in an inconspicuous area to see the effects of your efforts, and add more gradually as you need to. You really can’t mess it up, as the wood is porous and will absorb it. But, using an excessive amount, or not massaging it in enough will leave the surface feeling a bit greasy from the coconut oil.
Please let us know if you have any questions about this process, we’re happy to help y’all out! Be sure to take some before and after pics of your butterin’ handiwork. Oh, and don’t forget to moisturize yourself too. Nobody wants to feel dry and dusty.