BEESWAX AND OLIVE OIL

Modern Pioneer - - Varnish -

The most ef­fec­tive (and com­pli­cated) of the three recipes, we pre­fer this one. The beeswax adds a pro­tec­tive layer, the olive oil gives the floor a nice sheen, and the es­sen­tial oil con­trib­utes a won­der­ful smell.

In­gre­di­ents

• ½ cup beeswax

• 1 ½ cups olive oil

• 3 drops es­sen­tial oil of choice

Tools

• Knife (if beeswax is in block form)

• Jar or heat-re­sis­tant bowl

• Two bowls of dif­fer­ent sizes to form a dou­ble boiler or a dou­ble boiler

• Clean, dry towel

Di­rec­tions

STEP 1

Chop up beeswax.

Large chunks of raw beeswax can be very tough to cut through, so use a well-sharp­ened knife. Chop it up as finely as pos­si­ble. If you can turn a whole block into shav­ings, do so. When mea­sur­ing the beeswax you’ve chopped, pack it tightly into a mea­sur­ing cup and level it off to make sure you’re us­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate amount.

“En­gi­neered hard­wood is made of mul­ti­ple lay­ers of ply­wood with a thin, solid hard­wood top layer.”

STEP 2

Melt beeswax in a dou­ble boiler.

If you have an ac­tual dou­ble boiler, use it; oth­er­wise, use the two-pot method: Add wa­ter to a stock­pot and bring to a sim­mer, set a bowl in the stock­pot, but don’t al­low the bot­tom of the bowl to come in con­tact with the sim­mer­ing wa­ter.

STEP 3

Once most of the beeswax has melted, add olive oil and es­sen­tial oil.

Stir un­til all in­gre­di­ents are com­bined.

STEP 4

Once the beeswax has com­pletely melted, pour the mix­ture into a jar or bowl.

It will so­lid­ify al­most im­me­di­ately.

STEP 5

Var­nish your floor us­ing the tech­nique de­scribed in the pre­vi­ous two recipes.

Re­var­nish when nec­es­sary.

Beauty Re­stored

Us­ing any of the meth­ods out­lined here, you can pro­long the life of wood floor­ing and re­store its nat­u­ral beauty when wear and tear cause it to scuff and fade. As an added bonus, none of these meth­ods ex­ceed $50. Try them out, and you’ll see that they’re money well spent.

PHOTO BY CHARLES WI­TOSKY

These are the in­gre­di­ents and tools needed to make a qual­ity, good-smelling hard­wood-floor var­nish.

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