Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Rubber gloves, oil and dirty knees
Get your head out of the gutter people! I'm here to show you how to oil up your wooden garden beds. I really wanted to paint my garden beds bright colors but couldn't find any no VOC paint near me so opted to just use boiled linseed oil.
Linseed oil is a classic wood finish and natural protectant that is produced from the seed of the flax plant and processed so that it will dry faster than raw linseed oil. Boiled linseed oil protects and seals unfinished wood surfaces and produces a beautiful hand-rubbed finish on fine wood and antiques. Or in my case a wooden garden bed.
Before you start using the oil please read the directions carefully. Do not store near heat and use rubber gloves when handling it. My husband had this idea to put some coffee grounds into the oil and maybe it would add a natural color to it. I found some vanilla flavored coffee grounds in the freezer and just used those. Didn't like the taste of the coffee at all so I put it in the freezer for just this type of occasion. I grabbed some old wash clothes and cut them in half so I could use them to rub the oil on the wood.
Now i'm off to sit and do nothing. My back is killing me and i'm feeling pretty old right about now.