//5 of the Best Tung Oil Projects from August

5 of the Best Tung Oil Projects from August

One of our favorite things about social media is that it lets us see all the wonderful projects that people take on using our milk paint and tung oil products. We spend hours on platforms like Facebook and Instagram searching for, admiring, and falling in love with reclamation projects, renovations, new creations, and home improvement projects from all over the country. Today we wanted to take an opportunity to showcase and share with you five of our favorites that we’ve seen so far—just in case you needed a little extra inspiration to get going on projects of your own.

1. Kitchen Countertop Renovation


When Sawyer Coleman decided to refinish his kitchen countertops, he knew that tung oil would give him exactly the finish he was looking for. Not only does the oil provide a durable and waterproof finish, but the protective coating is also non-toxic, FDA approved for food contact, and environmentally friendly. We can’t think of a better choice for these beautiful wooden counters, and love how the tung brings out the grain of the wood. And what an amazing job he did pairing the old-fashioned counter with the antique-style black metal fixture. Bravo!

2. Gabled Ceiling in Stunning Mahogany


There’s nothing we love more than the look of a gabled ceiling—except, of course, a gabled ceiling in real mahogany that’s finished with tung oil. That’s the project Dan Watson was working on when this photo was snapped. It’s incredible how the oil brings to life the pattern of the wood grain, giving the wood depth and dimension that you just wouldn’t see otherwise. Not to mention the vibrancy of the wood—have you ever seen mahogany look so rich?

3. Mudroom Maple Cubby Bench

Since I had so many people inquire about the type of wood I used on yesterdays post I thought I would share a close up. Its 3 pieces of 6/4 x 8″ wide black walnut that we glued up to form a solid top and then finished with @realmilkpaintco Dark Tung oil. Typically we cut out the sapwood (white outer section of tree) but we really loved the movement so decided to keep it. Oh, and when I say I had a bunch of people ask. It was really only 2 people. . . . Check the link in my bio for the full write up on this build and learn a little about me. Also go follow my friend Amanda @thepennyparlor who we partnered up with on this mudroom and Linda @lindamcmanusimages @brandyouphoto who took all these fantastic pictures. . . . #reclaimed #wood #walnut #cubbies #design #build #remodel #interior #worcester #bluebell #builder #renovations #montgomerycounty #kitchen #bath #beforeandafter #interiordesign #construction #DIY #project #creative #mudroom #contractorsofinsta

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Jon Paul from Superior Renovations was building a cubby for a mudroom, and chose to use black walnut to build the bench section. When it came time to finish it, Jon Paul wanted to bring out the natural beauty of the wood while also protecting the bench from years of wear and use. Of course, he decided to use tung oil, and we couldn’t agree more with his choice: “I can’t take any credit for the beauty found in natural but I’m definitely glad we decided to keep them and finish them off right!”

4. Mahogany Post Wrap Project


We’re big fans of the work done by Superior Remodeling Solutions, so we were thrilled to see that they decided to use our tung oil to finish this impeccable mahogany post wrap that they completed for a porch. We also love the rustic look and feel of the stacked stone around the pole.

5. Butcher Block Countertops


We’ve been closely following thegrangehall’s Catskills Farmhouse Renovation, because it’s an amazing project, and watching the steady progression of a reno like this is very satisfying. We’re also, of course, delighted that they chose to use tung oil to finish this incredible butcher block countertop, especially because it provides such an excellent example of how two similar projects (compared to the counter renovation by Sawyer Coleman) can turn out so uniquely amazing.

Samples of Real Milk Paint projects can be found all over social media, and we’ll always continue looking for them so we can show our appreciation and share them with you. Search #YesRMP on Instagram or follow us there and on Facebook to stay in the loop! And if you’ve got a project you’re working on and would like us to see and share, please feel free to reach out with photos and information.

2017-09-06T15:18:25+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Tips & Techniques|

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