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…]

Shopping for Kitchen Flooring

Your kitchen flooring can have a substantial effect on what may be the most used room in the residence. The appropriate kitchen flooring can create the personality of your kitchen, make housecleaning quicker, and last for many years. The wrong kitchen flooring is going to last even longer, so you will want to make a practical decision to begin with. The important points you’ll need to give some thought to as you are shopping for kitchen flooring are sturdiness, maintenance requirements, and looks. We are going to analyze a few common flooring products with those issues in mind. Another must see is the Kitchen Tile Ideas. [Read more…]

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Bamboo Surfboards – a history

Bamboo surfboard by Gary YoungGary Young recounts his history in building bamboo surfboards – starting back in 1970 and finishing his first surfboard two years later. He has some really interesting points about his experiences with bamboo:

  • After over 10 years of bamboo board making, I would estimate that each layer of rotary bamboo veneer is roughly as strong as one layer of 4 ounce unidirectional fiberglass.
  • Two layers of bamboo veneer with grains crossed (Eco-Logic 3.2 mm bamboo plywood has 7 layers of crossed grain bamboo veneer), epoxy laminated and vacuum bagged uses less resin than a hand laid-up 8 oz. fiberglass.
  • These are truly “green” boards – the sanding dust is not itchy, the foam dust is recyclable, and the renewable bamboo fiber trimmings decompose into soil.
  • Epoxy has very few volatile fumes, is stronger and is used more efficiently than polyester resin in regular boards.
  • Very little epoxy winds up on the floor and very little acetone is used in cleanup.
  • Polyester resin does NOT bond well to bamboo plywood.
  • Pre-laminated bamboo panels have water absorbing problems too, often due to funky, non-waterproof glues and voids (Eco-Logic bamboo plywood panels use water friendly glues).

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DIY Guide to Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

Steps in Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

Whether you desire to add character or appeal to your already painted kitchen cabinets, or you just want to darken up stained wood cabinetries, furnishing them with a regal and antique look with the use of colorant and some techniques is pretty easy. The following are the simple steps in glazing kitchen cabinets.

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Incorporating Wrought Iron Staircases, Doors and Fences To Improve The Quality, Value, And Comfort Of Your Household

Several builders today are constructing the least expensive possible houses, and completely forgetting about the style and longevity of the home. This, obviously, is because buyers are demanding the most achievable square footage, at the least expensive feasible rate. This is a pattern that is changing considerably as home buyers are seeking more inspired features in their new homes.

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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…]

Bamboo sinks for the bathroom & kitchen

We’re always telling everyone how tolerant our bamboo boards are of water. Well here are some real world examples …
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Paint Your Walls So That They Explode Into Life

Your walls are an important part of your room.

There’s no point decking up your room with the most amazing furniture, if you’re going to leave the walls all plain and blank. You will change the feel of the whole room just by adding a touch of style to your walls.

Here are some simple tips which tips which may help you in making your walls all stylish and classy.

One of the most straightforward thing that you can do to jazz up your wall is select a wall painting system that will compliment your decor.

There are several wall painting styles for you to choose from. These include rag painting system, color painting techniques, sponge painting techniques, etc.

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How to choose the right bedroom furniture

Choosing the proper bed room fixtures can genuinely be a challenge. After all, the bedroom is a location where a great deal of men and women like to expend their time and unwind from the day’s activities. As such, it is extremely significant for making sure that the room is as inviting as possible. The way we do this is to decorate the master bedroom in such a way that you usually wish to be there. This means choosing the perfect bedroom furniture beds. [Read more…]

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