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Marc-André Coulombe, rédacteur principal du blogue de Livos Canada, est passionné par l'environnement et le développement durable. Curieux de nature, il possède des études doctorales dans le domaine de la chimie et est entouré d'une équipe formidable d'ébénistes expérimentés.

Marc-André Coulombe, lead editor of Livos Canada's blog, is passionate about environment and sustainable development. Curious and inquiring by nature, he studied as a PhD in the field of chemistry and is surrounded by a great team of experienced woodworkers.

Natural oil vs oiled based polyurethane hardflooring

Right now on the market, natural floor oil gains in popularity especially in North America. In this region of the world, the most popular hardwood flooring is polyurethane. In Europe, natural oil flooring already takes a big place in the residential market and even more in the commercial market. When you understand the difference between the natural oil floor and the polyurethane, it’s easy to understand why the natural oil floor keep increasing in North America’s market.


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15 DIY essential cabinet making tools

Do you already have a complete DIY kit? If you are thinking about an exciting project and are looking for a rewarding creation hobby, make sure you have all the necessary tools.

Your tool selection will greatly affect the outcome of your projects. To save money while designing projects, you may consider renting tools or buying some on sale. The first tool needed is a sturdy roomy tool box. All that is left to do is filling it with musts.


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What Products Best Protect Barn Wood?

When renovating, we are constantly looking for new ideas. Barn wood is a trend material that will add a rustic element to your decor! To create an old-fashioned look, all you have to do is find or make some furniture using barn wood, no matter what it is: a bed head, a bed-side table, cabinets or frames. The only problem is that it is difficult to treat because its unique colour - which is the looked for element may easily change. This is why some products protect barn wood better than others.


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3 Steps to Restore an Old Hardwood Floor

An old hardwood floor is an attractive element in a room. Unfortunately over the years the floor may show signs of wear such as fading, stains or scratches, but there is no need to replace it. Restoring an old hardwood floor is a lot less expensive than making a new one. Restoring it allows to preserve the original materials, which is best for centenarian houses!


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Making a wooden bedside table in 5 steps

As you can see in the article titled 5 projects to be made using wood pallets, several types of furniture can be made using this material. This wood adds a rustic element to the decor. To change the look of your bedroom, why not make your own bedside table using wood pallets? This is an easy 5-step wood project.


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5 Pieces of sound advice to make ecological wooden furniture

Making a piece of ecological wooden furniture not only makes the planet feel better, but your health as well. Obviously, nobody wants to be surrounded by harmful material. Environment-friendly furniture can be as good-looking as that bought in superstores. The difference mainly lies in the material selection! Here are 5 tips that will guide you when making 100% ecological wooden furniture!


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What is The Best Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner?

There are many homemade cleaning products for nearly everything, even for your wooden floor. A natural hardwood floor cleaner can be a good solution if you want to avoid bringing toxic chemicals in your house. You can clean your wooden floor with homemade products or natural commercial products. Here are some popular options you can use to naturally clean your hardwood floor and why it’s best to go with the most ecological one.


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Best Wood Species For Your Next Exterior Projects

To choose the best type of wood for your projects, you must know the different types of wood available. Some wood species have particularly interesting properties for outdoor work including wall cladding, structure, flooring, paneling, and much more. Here are some examples of wood species to use for your outdoor projects.


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Bamboo kitchen counter: answering your questions

If you have a bamboo kitchen counter, you may wonder about its protection. Bamboo is no ordinary wood! Bamboo shoots are an exotic species well-known for its unfailing resistance. If you want your kitchen counter to stay intact for years, follow our tips on  the protection and maintenance of bamboo surfaces.


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Why Choose Exotic Wood for Your Backyard Projects?

Exotic wood is so beautiful that it is often considered for many projects, including outdoor undertakings. This type of wood is chosen for aesthetics and quality.

 

Let’s see why.


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How to Protect a Wood Retaining Wall in 3 Easy Steps

A wood retaining wall converts hills in your yard into an easily navigable land. The disadvantage of these wooden walls is that they can rot quickly. You must find the right product to protect your retaining wall. Here’s how you can protect your wood retaining wall in three easy steps:


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Which Product to Use on Oak Flooring?

Oak flooring is known for its ability to withstand the test of time. But, you still have to protect oak flooring with the right product. Here’s an overview of some of oak flooring attributes and the most effective products to use on your beautiful oak flooring.


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Oiling Your Stairs Is A Really Good Idea!

Wooden stairs offer a distinctive, beautiful look to any home. But taking care of the stairs can sometimes prove difficult. This is especially true if you are not using the right products to restore or finish the stairs. Varnish, for example, can lead to difficult complications when it comes to restore the stairs, which is why oil is often the absolute best choice.


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How To Maintain Your Wooden Kitchen Countertop?

The kitchen countertop is an essential, unsung hero of every home. For some people, a stone countertop is what works for them, but many homeowners prefer the look and feel of a kitchen wood countertop. If you’re one of those people, you already know that you need to exercise a little bit of care and maintenance to keep it in good shape. But we’re here to show you that adding extra wax or varnish isn’t always the way. If your wood countertop is being used for food preparation, natural oil is what we recommend. Here’s why!

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Is A Natural Oil Finish Right For Your Hardwood Floor

Hardwood floors are one of the more popular choices for floor surfaces in homes these days, and it’s not hard to see why. The very distinct, warm look of hardwood gives homes a much friendlier, more “homey” look and feel. The texture is also pleasant as well, and, unlike stone or tile, tends to feel much warmer to exposed feet.

 

But there’s one decision homeowners need to make about how to protect their hardwood floors. This boils down to one of two choices; oil or varnish. We’re going to explain what the hardwood oil floor choice is, and why you might want to consider this.

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How To Protect Your Bamboo Kitchen Countertop

If you own or are thinking of getting a bamboo countertop installed in your kitchen, you’re making a great, distinctive choice! Bamboo wood is a rising star for wooden surfaces because it is ecologically sound. Not only is it a robust, versatile wood, its tropical roots mean that it is one of the most renewable wood sources on the planet thanks to how quickly it grows. If you’re interested in protecting it—or even restoring an old one—we can help make it a successful project!

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3 Essential Steps To Restore An Old Ancestral Floor

When you live in an older home, especially one with historical significance, everything about it is a testament to history and character. The way the stairs have been constructed, the stained glass that may be on the windows, even the unique shape of the windows themselves are all going to be unlike anything that you find in a modern home, with factory-standardized parts.


And even though not many people think about it, because it’s under them and not around them, the same is true of the floor. When you have an old, ancestral floor, you don’t just have a wooden surface that you walk on. You have history, cachet, and a unique style of construction that just isn’t done this way anymore. If you want to preserve that type of traditional craftsmanship, there is some extra care that needs to be taken. The results, however, are worth it, and you can continue to maintain the memory, history, and distinctiveness of your ancestral floor if it’s wooden, oiled, and you follow our tips. 

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Great Treatment Options for Wooden Pallet Floors

When it comes to wood flooring, more and more DIY’ers are turning to wood pallets as their material of choice.

 

Pallet wood flooring makes a wonderful option for both aesthetics and durability, but there is more to it than simply tearing apart some wooden pallets and laying them down. Pallet wood flooring is ideal for cottages, chalets, backyard decks, basements, kitchen floors, or even the floor of a pontoon.

 

However, without the right pallet wood treatment, you may end up with a host of problems that threaten your flooring project and require you to tear it up and start over.

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Livos oil: the most stain resistant products!

You're having a nice and joyful evening but now... too bad!, you just realized that your guest spilled his glass of wine on your beautiful oiled wooden counter. A little embarrassed, he was away and now tells you what he did... after 20 minutes. You wipe but it's done, the countertop is stained.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you just had to tell him: "Don’t worry!" And wipe the spilled wine and see a beautiful wood countertop with no stain left!

In this article you will discover how Livos products can guarantee you better stain resistance compared to the competition.

 


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How to prepare a yellow birch floor for best results and maximum durability?

If you are a handyman in the least, you may be tempted to sand your yellow birch floor by yourself. Although it is recommended to call on a professional or make sure you are skilled enough for this kind of operation, doing it yourself is not impossible and can save a substantial amount of money. If you have decided to take on this adventure, follow these guidelines...

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