Which bamboo finishing products should I use for my project?

We’re often asked which products to use for their bamboo finishing.

So here we have a guideline for you to follow when finishing your bamboo countertop or bamboo plywood project.

Preparation

Preparation is always the most critical step in any bamboo finishing application, get that wrong and the quality and durability of your finish is drastically reduced.

The first step is to give the surface a light sand just to remove the grime.

Bamboo finishing – oil

Oil is one of the most traditional finishes used.

Oils do not provide as much protection as the more modern finishes e.g. varnish. Oil finishes however, bring out the natural beauty of bamboo boards and counter tops. If you want to stain your bamboo prior to oiling it, use a water-based stain. Oil-based dyes will clog-up the bamboo’s “pores”, stopping the oil finish from soaking in effectively. [Read more…]

Restaurant interior design ideas

Even when the chips are down, people love to escape to a restaurant. The interior design of a restaurant is critical to it’s appeal. Here are a few ideas that we have gathered from interior designers for you to consider: [Read more…]

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The Basics of Furniture Refinishing

Furniture was originally designed to provide for resting provisions and also serve as storage spaces. But it’s much more than just ‘furniture’ … they mark the aesthetics of the place, indicates the tastes of the people living and are hence regarded as assets.  But with time, as it is with everything else, things start to wear out with use. To prevent such damage to furniture, refinishing is done. [Read more…]

Front Door Security

Solid Bamboo door blanks make for sturdy and durable doors

Solid Bamboo door blanks make for sturdy and durable doors

Door Security measure

67% of break-ins take place through the front door. Standard door locks (Yale variety) on its own is actually not really enough. The door should also be fitted with other locks at points along the door. These types of locks should become some thing similar to a five lever mortice deadlock, though insurance firms will probably accept a rim automatic deadlock. [Read more…]

Greening your kitchen with bamboo

Just saw a great article on greening your kitchen, by Construction Review Online.

They discuss a whole range of options and make a few fantastic suggestions. Being a recycle devotee, I loved this design (don’t know who’s it is, but kudo’s to you). Notice the stunning bamboo shaker doors!

Bamboo shaker doors in an eco-friendly kitchen design

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Excellent Ideas For Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen area would be the heart of any home.  It can be the warmest, most active room in most homes.  This is where the family meets, cooks, eats and at times entertains.  You might thus, want to make it the kind of location that may be functionally sound and comfortable for entertaining or family members bonding.  Should you previously have a kitchen, it is possible to opt for San Francisco Kitchen Remodeling to make it more suitable for your wants. [Read more…]

Being Eco Friendly at Home

Living a more eco friendly or sustainable lifestyle is quickly becoming a very hot topic for many South Africans. Not only is this a matter of saving the earth, it is also a matter of being frugal, too. Kids aren’t cheap and recycling and reusing are great ways to help save the Earth and save money. A lot of people really just make it a hobby to find creative new ways to recycle and reuse various household items such as shredded paper for example. Here are some great and simple ideas for recycling paper, conserving water, saving electricity, and adding eco friendly furniture to your home. [Read more…]

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