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How to Seal Raw Wood or Unfinished Furniture in One-Step

Hello Friends,

Anybody have some raw wood or unfinished furniture that needs a little love?

Today we are sharing how to easily apply a water-resistant, all-natural seal.

And the best part? It’s only one-step.

How to Seal Raw Wood or Unfinished Furniture in One-Step

Disclosure: Product for this makeover was provided by Fusion Mineral Paint, but opinions are 100% my own.

During the basement renovation, this little space (to the left) was a hot topic of discussion.

Prepping for a small bar in the basement |#ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

Should we add cabinetry and make it a dedicated kitchenette or leave it so that the space could change with the needs of the family? After all, it could also make a great office nook, storage nook, mud room, TV wall for the gym…..and the list goes on.

But, you get the idea.

It could be almost anything.

A new space for a refreshement center AKA mini-bar | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

Unless we pin it down to just one function with built-in cabinets.

A tiny space gets a big makeover as a mini-bar / refreshment center |#ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

In the end, we opted to keep the space versatile.

And here’s the break down of how the space came together.

Add All the Drama

First, a fun backdrop is added. In a couple of hours, this “wallpaper” was hand painted on the wall. Click here for the how-to link.

Hand-painted wallpaper adds whimsy and fun to a small mini bar area | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

Then, a very grody and super-old cabinet gets re-energized.

BEFORE: A cabinet will turn into a mini bar | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

How to Seal Raw Wood or Unfinished Furniture in One-Step

Prep Time


Wash every square inch (inside and out) with an eco-friendly product. Fusion Mineral paint makes a TSP-type product that will clean up the mess on this cabinet without harmful chemicals. You don’t even need to rinse it.

I know, right?

It’s amazing.

All you have to do is provide the scrubbing power for the tough spots.

Sorry…I totally failed to snap a photo, but for more info on the TSP, there is a link to the Fusion website at the end of this post.

DURING: A cabinet is cleaned inside and out | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc | www.thechelseaproject.comcleaned inside out before applying the sealer |


True confession. I did use my sander on this particular stain. Not only was it a super-deep stain, the wood was split and there were splinters everywhere. So the area got a little extra TLC to get it over the finger-sticking hump.

If you do sand, just wipe away the dust with a sticky tack cloth or slightly damp rag.

Then allow the entire piece to thoroughly dry.

BEFORE: Extra tough stains may require a sander | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

Seal Time


Once the piece is dry, time to launch the one-step secret weapon.

Hemp Oil Wood Finish is an all-natural, food-friendly, one-step raw wood sealer | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

This all-natural product can be smeared on the wood like you’re frosting a cake. I used a paint brush in places and a cloth in places. Isn’t the difference in the oiled wood versus without oil wood amazing?

DURING: Upper cabinet si without Hemp Oil and the lower cabinet has Hemp Oil applied | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

The key is to add enough product so that the wood can drink in all of the nourishing oil that it wants. If the hemp oil soaks in quickly, it’s ok to add another coat before the first coat dries. Just make sure that the oil isn’t pooling anywhere and to wipe away any pools that may occur.

AFTER: A raw wood cabinet sealed with Hem Oil | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

Cure Time


Leave the piece to cure. I watched my cabinet for dry spots and pooling for the first few hours, but discovered that this piece was dry like a desert. It drank in every drop so there was very little wiping of excess product.

AFTER: A raw wood cabinet is sealed with an all-natural, one-step product | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

And although the cured finish can be buffed to increase the luster, I didn’t do any additional buffing. The piece was simply left alone until it was no longer tacky. This was about 72 hours. The piece was in the basement with the AC and a dehumidifer going 24/7.

And with that, you’re done.

Yep, simply apply the oil and that’s all.

No need for stain or polyurethane.

AFTER: An all-nautral, one-step sealer is quick and easy for raw wood | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

Now the food-friendly, eco-friendly, water-resistant seal is ready for the guys and their man-cave grub.

AFTER: Seal raw wood easily with an all-natural, one-step product | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

So for now, the area will function as a tiny bar with a micowave in lower part. A full-sized refrigerator is just to the right (inside the gym) so grabbing ice isn’t a problem.

AFTER: A raw wood cabinet is sealed with Hemp Oil | #ad #sealrawwoodfurniture #furnituremakeover #oneroomchallenge #orc |

And that’s all there is to it. 

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Seal raw wood and unfinished furniture in one-step with the easy-to-use product | #sealrawwood #furnituremakeover #ad #fusionmineralpaint #hempoil #oneroomchallenge #orc |

More DIYs

This cabinet was refinished during the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. In case you missed the six week event, you can catch all of the weekly DIYs and the final reveal in Week 6 by clicking these links:

Resources for Cabinet

What Is the One Room Challenge?

Twice a year, over 20 featured designers and over 200 guest bloggers are challenged to makeover one entire room in six weeks. Once a week, updates are posted with the final room reveal at Week 6. To visit other participants or to learn more about the One Room Challenge, please click here

And, as always, thanks so much for stopping by.


  • Reply Susanne June 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    That piece looks amazing! I love hemp oil!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 4, 2019 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Susanne. XO

  • Reply Marie June 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I love hemp oil! I refinished an old radio cabinet that I inherited and the wood came out beautiful. That was around three years ago and it still looks great!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 4, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      That’s great, Marie! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be hopping over to take a peek. 🙂

  • Reply Cate Griffing (West Magnolia Charm) June 18, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    The cabinet is gorgeous! I have refinished my share of furniture, but iI have never tried hemp oil. I’m going to have to try it next piece i do!

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 19, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Hi Cate and thanks so much. Good luck with the Hemp Oil. Your piece will thank you for the nourishing drink. LOl.

  • Reply Sam February 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    This is absolutely stunning. Thank you for all the detail in your DYI explanation. I will definitely be trying this on an old piece I’m working on.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 6, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you, Sam. Good luck.

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