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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
You have wood pallets available and you would like to design unique practical new projects? Whether you want to make furniture or decorations, here are a few ideas that should stimulate your imagination! And what is more, you do not need to be an expert to carry out these projects.
You might be tempted to paint your wood cabinets for a change or to make them more fashionable. Although it is possible and easy to do, you should be aware of the pros and cons of this decision.
Nowadays health and environment are two major concerns. This is why, when considering choosing a finishing product, natural ecological products should be favored. Did you know that Livos' flax-based oils are the most efficient ecological substitute for acrylic or urethane-based varnishes or traditional oil stains?
Products for treating wood have existed for centuries. In fact, did you know that flax oil and tung oil have been used for more than 2000 years? Indeed these have been known as excellent in protecting wood against damage caused by water and sunshine. Evidence of their use has even been traced back to many years before Christ in products derived from the flax used in ancient civilizations in Egypt...
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 countertop. A little embarrassed, he was away and now tells you what he did... after 20 minutes. You wipe but it's done, the counter 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.
In early days, people had to use hard wood such as maple, birch or yellow birch to make fire. As a result, they used soft wood such as pine to make beams, floors, furniture and kitchen tables. So if you want to get a rustic look or that of our ancestral homes, nothing can beat pine.
Either for a kitchen or living room table, you will get a more natural look by using wax or natural oil. For better durability, though, it is better to use oil or varnish. Do you really know the major differences of each of these finish products? Here you will find out about them. Staining a pine table requires a particular way of doing it. Let us go over the questions commonly asked in order to help you to better choose your finish product!
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...
You’ve just seen a beautiful bathroom in your favorite magazine! The bathroom’s vanity is made of wood. You really like the look, but a question comes up: "Can I actually put a wooden vanity in the bathroom?". Didn’t I hear that humidity is wood’s worst enemy? Yes, but there is a but. It all depends on the wood’s specie and its protection. Between varnish, epoxy and oil, there are certainly major differences in look, but in the end, all these products will provide a water repellent treatment to your bathroom furniture.
By reading this article, you will see that if you follow a few guidelines, you will be able to give your new bathroom a nice look with a wooden furniture whether it is coated with varnish, epoxy or an eco-friendly oil.
It's been awhile since you are looking for the best stain for your patio. You have evaluated many of them and come to this obvious conclusion... you can apply only one product on your patio! Choosing the right stain for your patio is not always obvious. However, the Alis product from Livos stands out from the mass of products. Let's explore why...
There are hundreds of outdoor stains. There are natural oil stains often found in specialized hardware stores, home made products found in cabinetmaking centers, high-end and low-end stains in large-scale renovations centers... In front of all these choices, it can be difficult to find our way out of this! Yet all products have their share of particularity which distinguishes them from each other.
Your old wooden windows are 25? 50? 100 years old? Worn, damaged and covered with a peeling paint, they completely lost their former look. Is the glass of your window damaged? Or is it the casing or the sash? It may be tempting to replace them with white PVC windows for the modern look but if your goal is a good return on investment by saving on energy costs, you might be surprised to learn that you will have to wait 100 years or even 250 years before seeing the color of your money, much more than the average life of these new windows1!
(1) Harris, J. and Blasnik, M. (2007) Reference design guide for highly energy efficient residential construction. 64 pages. (https://library.cee1.org/system/files/library/1755/935.pdf)
Fences make good neighbors ... as long as they are well maintained! A wooden fence has many hedges and corners that can absorb moisture. Some of the precautions outlined below will allow you to keep your new wooden fence beautiful for years to come.
You have been studying with scrutiny and discovered that cedar is one of the best wood species for your patio. But you hit a snag. Most of the finishing products you know that worked properly on your old pine or spruce patio now have a hard life on your new cedar patio. Result, you are at your 3rd full stripping and are about to put the ax in your patio! Hold on!!
Cedar is a wood containing an oily sap (tannin) that repels most conventional stain products. However, this feature is also what makes this wood resistant to fungi, insects and other rotting agents. In addition, cedar wood is naturally stable and will be much more resistant to cracking and deformation. So, with the right finishing product, you’re still in good hands with your cedar patio.
In this article, I will introduce you the 4 steps that will make you comfortably enjoy your cedar patio. Note that these steps are important to follow. You will not want to live your old nightmare again!
Do you know Livos United States? It is a company that started its activities in 2004 through Ghislain Lebel, a cabinetmaker from Canada. Prior to 2004, Mr. Lebel mainly manufactured AVIVIA kitchen cabinets in St-Séverin de Proulxville near the famous Western Festival of St-Tite.
Disgusted by polyurethanes and other toxic lacquers commonly used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets, Mr. Lebel saw that the containers of these hazardous products were accumulating in his factory. Moreover, although the safety rules were strictly respected and the employees were wearing a mask to work, the atmosphere was very harmful and the smell highly unpleasant. One day, Mr. Lebel decided that he no longer wanted to offer his employees this highly carcinogenic environment neither did he wanted those hard to recycle residues.
Do you know the value of your time?
Do you know how long it takes to sand a patio again?
Did you know that it was possible to significantly reduce the maintenance time of your outdoor deck by choosing the right product?
To avoid repetitive sanding between the maintenance of all your horizontal wood surfaces, you need a product that is perfectly absorbed in the wood and does not tend to accumulate as a film with time and maintenance.
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