I inherited a set of these wooden transportation vehicle toys several years ago. You can see how they look in the photo below, (taken at our previous house, in the playroom). They sat on the very top of our shelving unit:
These toys are more than 50 years old, makes for cute decor, and are great conversation pieces when other parents ask where we got them! My kids ask to play with them once in a while, and when I took it down last week, I noticed they really needed some TLC.
I decided to try Feed-N-Wax, as we use it for our farmhouse table, to see if I could revive it a bit. (And, after looking through the website, next time I tackle this project, I’m going to use their Butcher Block Conditioner so it’s more “kid-friendly.”)
Here’s one of the toys before I put the polish on. Can you tell that this one has been well-loved and played with by family members? I think my girls have added a few more scratches to the original.
In addition to dusting, I used an old rag to buff it on. I barely even had the chance to wipe up the excess polish because the wood just drank it all up! Yep, a long overdue project!
On the left is a “before” and the right is one I just finished cleaning:
It brought out the color in the wood. Everything looked a little faded before, so it was cool to see the transformation.
As for the piece that was really dinged up, here is a closer before:
And here is the after. It looks so different!
I can’t believe it took me so long to finally get around to cleaning up the pieces, but I’m so happy with the result. It took a little less than an hour to get them all shining and new again.
I have a great appreciation for these wooden toys as they’ve held up to children climbing and sitting on top of them, dragging them along all types of floor surfaces, and dropping them when it’s too heavy.