Hemp Oil…5 Reasons Why I Love It!
Friends, can you believe it’s already the third Wednesday in July? This month is literally flying by and it’s already time for another edition of the Favorite Fives Link Party. I am honored to co-host this monthly soiree with Christy from The Harper House and Debbie of Chatham Hill on the Lake.
This is my third month to join this party and it has quickly turned into one of my favorites. If this is your first time to drop in here, you can read my previous posts, 5 paint supplies I can’t live without or 5 summertime painting tips. Oops, I almost forgot about my 5 favorite painted furniture pieces.
Let’s chat about hemp oil.
There are many products available to seal painted furniture. You have probably used or heard of most of them. Furniture wax, polyurethane, and polycrylic are probably what you see used most of the time. I have used all of these products at one time or another. Each one has its pros and cons, but let’s save that discussion for another time.
Sealing painted furniture can be tricky and I will admit that I have really messed up a couple of pieces applying wax, only to have to strip it off and start over.
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Waxes were starting to leave me feeling frustrated but all of this changed when I discovered Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil. (cue angelic singing) I was very skeptical the first time I tried it. Let me tell you this delightful amber-colored oil is nothing short of perfection when applied over milk paint. I wish I had tried it much sooner!
So without further ado, here’s 5 reasons why I love it and I think you will too if you give it a try.
Reason #1: It’s all natural, food safe, and water-resistant. This means you can use it on cutting boards, wooden bowls, and other wood surfaces in the kitchen without having to worry about exposing your family and your food to unnecessary chemicals.
Reason #2: There is no odor so it’s completely safe to use indoors. I have sealed a number of pieces in my home using hemp oil without worrying about ventilation. It actually has a light pleasing fragrance similar to olive oil. I have used a few different products over the years that actually gave me headaches. I have never experienced any ill effects while using this product. If you suffer from allergies, this is probably music to your ears.
Reason #3: The application couldn’t be any simpler. It does not require any special technique or expensive brushes to apply which makes it perfect for a beginner. You need only a chip brush and a lint free cloth to apply.
I brush it on, working it into the paint, wait 30 minutes, wipe away the excess with a cloth, then buff to a smooth shine. As you can see in the photo below, the oil darkens the paint immediately which makes it very easy to see any spots you may have missed.
Reason #4: The finish hemp oil lends is a beautiful, soft, vintage look. It absolutely melts into the paint and dries to a silky matte finish. It is just as lovely when applied over raw wood and it can also restore other items such as leather, wood, and even metal. I have read you can use it to restore cast iron pans. 🙂
Reason #5: It is very durable yet simple to re-coat if necessary. I sealed my desk with hemp oil 6 months ago and it is wearing fantastically. I just dust it using a soft cloth and call it good.
Here’s my latest piece sealed in hemp oil. I had this table oiled up and polished in just about 40 minutes including drying time.
Wait, just a couple more things.
I know you thought I was done but guess what… I need to tell you just a couple more things about this golden goodness in a bottle.
A little goes a long way, making it a very economical choice as far as sealants go.
I start with the smallest amount possible in my bowl, adding to it as necessary. It amazes me just how little it takes to seal an entire piece. I don’t know about you, saving money is something I enjoy immensely.
The only fault I can find with hemp oil is that just like wax it does take 30 days to fully cure. You can use your piece gently during this time.
After about a year you may find that you need to re-apply a light coat. It just depends on how much wear your piece has endured.
My silent partner built this trash can hideaway for me last summer. I painted the lid using Curio by Miss Mustard Seed, then sealed it with hemp oil. It still looks almost like new.
Are you ready to try hemp oil now???
If you have any other burning questions about this sealant, please feel free to ask away in the comments. I love hearing from you every week.
Last but not least, be sure to hop around and see the 5 favorites my friends have this month.
Your hemp oil loving sister in paint,