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Protect you wooden surfaces with Danish Oil

Danish Oil is a special blend of oil and resins which provides a hard-wearing finish for any wooden surface. Unlike varnishes, which tend to chip, discolour or crack over time, Danish Oil soaks into the wood then hardens; this gives a satin finish that is water resistant and leaves the original grain of the wood visible.Danish Oil is available in exterior or interior ranges and can be used on most types of wood. Interior Danish Oil is great for kitchen worktops, banisters and just about any natural wooden fixture in the house and the exterior type is perfect for your garden furniture to help weather proof them and protect them from the sun.Applying Danish OilDanish Oil is applied in the same way and a varnish, either with a paint brush or a cloth; make sure the surface to be finished if free from any old finishes and dust before beginning.Apply the Danish Oil to the wooden surface, wait a few minutes then wipe off the excess with a cloth. Repeat this until you are happy with the result (usually around 3 coats is enough) and leave to dry thoroughly for approximately 6-24 hours.

Wooden Furniture Restoration

A cost effective way to furnish a room is to buy wooden pieces at car boot sales or second-hand furniture shops.  It saves even more money if you are able to do the restoration on these pieces yourself. To start the restoration process, clean the piece thoroughly with warm soapy water.  When the piece is dry, put on protective gloves and coat it with paint stripper, and then leave it on for the recommended time period so that it will completely penetrate the varnish (or paint).  Use fine wire wool to take off the softened varnish, replacing the wire wool as soon as it gets clogged with material.  When the varnish is removed, sand the piece with fine sandpaper, always working in the direction of the grain.  Do this until all that is left is the original wood.Wipe the wood down with white spirit using a clean, lint free cloth; this will serve to both remove any dust and neutralize the paint stripper.  Do not skip this step because if the paint stripper is not neutralized it could negatively affect the new finish.  Next, apply wood restorer to the entire piece with a clean cloth; this should be applied using a circular motion, and will help to get rid of marks and bring back the natural look of the grain. There are a number of ways to finish off the piece including painting, staining, varnishing, oiling, or waxing it.  Which finish you choose will depend in large part on the purpose of the piece.  A piece such as a chair that will be used a lot will need a hardwearing finish, and in most cases should be varnished.  A table may only require a few coats of wax or oil.Whichever finish you opt for, follow the instructions on the packaging to the letter, and do not skimp on the number of coats you apply; along with making the piece look great, the finish helps to protect the furniture from wear and damage.

Working with Wood Stains

Water-based and spirit-based dyes are used mainly for improving the appearance of stripped softwoods. They come in a wide range of woody shades, some of which imitate the colours of hardwoods while others are inspired by the primary colours.Stains can be mixed to obtain the desired shades of colour. However, it is important to remember that the colour of the stain on your floor will not necessary be the exact same colour as that on the can. The end result is largely determined by the way in which the stain is applied. For example, the more stain that you put on, the darker the shade will be, so it must be applied carefully and evenly. The natural colour of the wood you are applying the stain to will also influence the end result. You must allow for this when choosing a stain to use.When applying stains to wood, begin lightly and gradually darken the stain until you reach the precise shade required. You will often have to take the ambient lighting into account and live with the intermediate results before finalising the colour of your floor. Stains do not actually protect the wood, so even when the desired result has been achieved, you will still need to varnish the wood in the usual manner. Do not use the stain straight out of the can. Apply it in a thin coating with even pressure with the aid of a lint-free cloth dabbed into a sample of the stain poured into a saucer. Work to achieve an even, thin coating, wiping away any excess as you go and building up subsequent layers, gradually deepening the finish until you achieve the desired result. As staining normally causes the grain to swell slightly, making the surface feel rough, the wood should be sanded down before you begin varnishing.

A Guide to Restoring Wooden Furniture

We all tend to collect an array of furniture over the years, from tables and chairs to dressers and wardrobes. Though they become worn over time, restoring them to their former condition is something anyone can do. In addition, you also have to option to change their appearance completely, restoring old pieces to fit in with your latest décor. The first step is to thoroughly clean and strip the piece that your are restoring. Empty any contents and use warm, soapy water and cloth to remove dirt. Once dry, a paint stripper should be applied to remove any paint or varnish that has been applied to the piece. Wipe the piece down and use a fine grain sandpaper to get back to the base wood. Remember to sand in the direction of the wood’s grain to ensure a smooth and even finish that will display it to its best effect.  Next, using a clean dry cloth, apply white spirit to the piece, taking care to wipe all surface areas. This removes any excess dust and dirt, in addition to neutralising the paint stripper previously applied. You should then apply wood restorer to the piece. This is available from most DIY stores and helps to erase marks caused through sanding, in addition to enhancing the appearance of natural wood grain.At this point you will have what is essentially a blank canvas and you may wish to simply restore the piece to its original colour or perhaps a slightly different shade, which can be done by applying a wood stain. Alternatively, you could use furniture paint to transform the item into something fresh and modern.

Filling Exterior Wood

On exterior surfaces, water can run off from wood that you have filled and sanded smooth.  You should fill all holes and cracks, and sand them down to compensate for this fact.  This prevents water from penetrating and causing structural damage to the house. A number of different wood fillers are available, but in two basic categories.  One type is a mixture of hardeners or water, which you then sand smooth when it is dry; the other type is flexible, to allow for movement.All-purpose powder fillers applied to the wood’s surface can cover small nicks and holes.  You do this by pouring a small amount of the powder onto a filler board and slowly add water.  Mix it in with a filler knife until you achieve a smooth, but sturdy consistency.The filler is then pressed firmly into the hole and left slightly proud of the surface. Usually the filling knife has to be moved across the surface of the filler several times to ensure that it is firmly in place in the hole.You then let the filler dry for an hour or so before sanding it back, making it flush with the surrounding surface.When dealing with deeper holes, it may be necessary to build up layers of filler slowly to get a perfectly smooth finish.When sanding the protruding surface of the filler down after it has dried, use a coarse grain of sandpaper first, and gradually move up to the finest grade.  Once the surface is completely smooth, you can protect it with exterior paint or resin.

Furniture Design Choices

Contemporary furniture makes use of a vast range of fabrics, materials and colour schemes, as opposed to the fairly uniform use of wood and darker colours characteristic of traditional furniture. This new and fresh approach has its origins some years back in the early part of the 20th century, when movements like Bauhaus swept across the design world, with a raft of fresh ideas from young designers who saw a need for change.  This has fed into contemporary furniture design ever since, with Italy after the devastation of World War II seeing a need for cheap and functional furniture and using diverse materials and modern production techniques to supply it.  This in turn was the origin of today’s successful designer furniture companies in northern Italy, with firms like Bontempi, Calligaris, Magis and Effezeta leading the way with exciting new contemporary furniture products.Designer furniture is now widely available across the world thanks to the efforts of companies such as these, who are eager to experiment with new concepts and consider the use of any materials to serve their ends of bringing a vast range of choice and quality to today’s consumer. Modern homes, as you may see from any interior design magazine, tend to go for the open look exemplified in Scandinavia, with polished floors and rugs replacing traditional carpets, light and open spaces, and clean lines.  Contemporary furniture design is especially suited to such environments and brings them to fruition in terms of aesthetic and comfort.

Transforming your Garden with a Wood Gazebo

Now that the teenagers have taken over the den, you need an extra entertainment area, where you and your friends can have a dinner together; a place where you can kick back, relax, chat, and have sundowners in the evening.  You need an adult place where you can express your individual style and be snug in winter and cool in summer, and a place that can expand on lovely summer days, and then hug up close in winter.You’ve thought about renovating the house, bashing out walls, but you know that you can’t take the chaos. So you’ve taken to looking at other properties, but nothing quite offers what you have already in the home you love. If only you had another room to use for entertaining.On those cold winter nights your outdoor patio doesn’t get used much – but wait, what if you transformed the space by adding a wooden gazebo with a dining area, and perhaps a seating area with a small bar? And your dream, a luxurious wooden hot tub.This could be a sanctuary where you can escape to read a book with a glass of wine. You can fill it with palms and plantation style wicker couches with comfort in mind.  You can picture the fresh, breezy, cotton chintz fabrics for the canopy. A gas heater would add warmth.Now it’s a visual asset to your home and adds a touch of class and style.  All lit up at night, with the lamps and candles glowing, the wood gazebo has completely transformed your home.

A New Headboard Provides an Instant Change to any Bedroom

You want a new look in the bedroom but can’t afford to replace your entire bedroom set.  One option that might meet your needs is to just change the headboard—or add one if your current bed doesn’t have one. The headboard of a bed sets the design theme for the entire bed, and often the entire room. A light, airy, open-weave white metal “princess” style headboard can be replaced with a chunky wooden headboard stained dark brown, and the feel of the entire room changes.Headboards can also give you extra storage space. Some are up to a metre thick, with lift-up tops and hidden storage below. Others offer small shelves for books, tissue boxes, or other necessities. Then there are designer headboards that make a statement about you. Are you a musician? Order the headboard that’s a curved music staff with notes on it. For kids, Disney or cartoon characters dancing across the headboard can welcome them to bed when they’re tired.A “new” favourite is old headboards that have been refinished and re-purposed. Brass headboards are a perennial favourite, but antique doors, WWII hospital bed headboards, and even old window frames have been beautifully refinished and fitted onto bedframes to create a unique look. The best part of these is that you’re not creating any new manufacturing waste in their creation—it’s the second part of the reduce, re-use, recycle trilogy.You can find headboards that create a mood or atmosphere, as well. Loved that honeymoon in the Tuscan hills? Look for a headboard in shades of terracotta, olive, and brown, with touches of gold and blue. You’ll start relaxing the moment you enter the room. A well-chosen headboard can not only finish off your bed, it can also make a statement about you.

Space Saving Beds

In any busy household or even for people living on their own in small studio flats, space is at a premium. In fact wherever you live, over a period of time you’re likely to naturally to fill up whatever space you have and saving it is something of an art form.Bedrooms in particular, often suffer from a surfeit of furniture, which can very quickly leave you feeling oppressed as you have to negotiate your way around dressing tables, wardrobes, chests of drawers and most of all, beds, when you’re often half awake and not in the best of moods.It is in situations such as this where you can save space by choosing a suitable bed. Pick one like a divan bed, which looks and feels like a normal bed, but has space underneath to store blankets and sheets, instead of having them lying around. As for the kids, why not try a bunk bed, they’ll love it? As well as keeping them amused you’ll be halving the space taken up by the bed, although there may be some arguments over who gets the top one.Sofa beds used to be a real pain, with clanking metal frames that seemed designed to take your fingers off when you tried to open or close them. Now, however, the technology has caught up with demand and they’re the height of fashion as well as a joy to use.Even if you’ve got the smallest bedroom imaginable, there’ll be a bed out there that’s just right for your decor and your needs.

Gazebo Deals

In the warmer months in the UK, gazebos produce a high number of sales for many high street and online retailers. When the spring and summer seasons arrive it is time to get outside and start having some fun. However, safety in the sun is very important and an outdoor gazebo can provide extra protection from harmful UV rays for all the family.  They are also a convenient place to take shelter if the weather turns rainy. Coming up to the spring season you will find exciting deals and savings on many different types of garden gazebos. These deals may also include everything you will need to maintain your outdoor gazebo properly.Always shop around for deals if you are looking to purchase an outdoor gazebo (whatever type you want to buy) as retailers will have different prices and savings.  Always check with online suppliers as you may find that you will get a better deal. There are also some very good deals available on gazebo extras, which will appeal to many users. Sometimes, the standard poles that come with a canopy gazebo can be a little delicate. A retailer may have special offers on stronger, more flexible poles, which will still fit through gazebo canopy layers and form a stronger structure. Gazebos are a great way to enhance enjoyment of a garden and are an ideal structure for outside entertaining during the spring and summer months. So shop around and look for good gazebo deals.

Maintaining Your Gazebo

Cleaning your garden gazebo is an important part of basic maintenance and will certainly lengthen its useful lifespan. How you maintain and clean your gazebo will depend on several factors: type, size, manufacturer and so on. It is important to always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning any part of your gazebo, but there are some very basic cleaning tips, which will keep a gazebo in perfect condition.  To start you should always wipe down the cover of the gazebo before storage; this can simply be done with a cloth and some lukewarm water. This will remove any debris and keep the canopy layer in good condition. Cleaning the poles, which form the main part of the structure is also important because it will stop them from becoming rusted and weakened.  Make sure that everything is thoroughly dry before storage. Unfortunately, not many people store a gazebo correctly. It must be kept in a dry place when it is not being used. This stops moisture from the air penetrating into the material causing damaged fibres and staining.  If the gazebo is not thoroughly dry when put away for the winter you might have problems with mould formation on the material.  This could be difficult to clean off when you get the gazebo out for the new season.  It is certainly worth taking some time and trouble to ensure that your gazebo is properly stored.

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