Sunday, 26 January 2014

Giving new life to old furniture

Doing up an old piece of furniture or charity shop find is a creative and budget-friendly way to transform these unused items into personal treasures. These few tips might help. REFINISHING old sideboards, tables, etc. can instill new life into them making these pieces functional and contemporary once more. Whether you're finding a new use entirely, or simply updating the look, there are a few things to keep in mind: PREPARATION Although you may be anxious to put your new treasure to use, taking time to properly strip and prepare your wood for its new finish will ensure the best results.Use a chemical paint stripper to remove heavy layers of paint, stain or varnish. ensuring you follow the manufacturers instructions. Give the stripper time to work and then gently scrape away the residue. (Tip: Remember to wear gloves approved for chemical handling and eye protection, and be sure to set up your project in a well-ventilated area) Once your piece has been stripped, wipe clean with a damp rag and allowed to thoroughly dry then give the item a light sanding. NOW YOU are ready for painting (If you will be using multiple colours, tape off areas to make crisp lines.) Use a brush to apply the paint, and allow to dry, again following the manufacturers instructions. Is this your first project? If so, water-based products can be easier to use than oil based stains and finishes. Will your "new" furniture be in frequent or casual use? To protect from wear and tear on daily basis, be sure to finish your project with an appropriate sealant or protective coat. It is worth noting that some stains and varnishes have a protective element builtin and can provide a rich colour and a tough, durable finish. COLOUR Do you have a specific room or setting in mind ? If you have a place already chosen, consider a colour or stain to match or maybe a versatile wood tone could be a better choice. ALL YOU need do now is to put your item into position and enjoy Don't forget that your hard work can be enhanced and the item made to last longer by some tender, loving care. After all, you have put work into creating this so it is worth looking after. Heritage Woodcare is east to use and versatile. Check it out at

Saturday, 25 January 2014

goncalo alves (sometimes called tigerwood, kingwood , zebrawood, etc.

I have been reading a fascinating article about a hardwood called goncalo alves sometimes called tigerwood, kingwood , zebrawood, etc. It is a very hard wood and is particularly suitable for wood floors. It is also used a lot for making guitars. check it out at LIKE ALL wood (floors etc.) it will benefit from proper care and nothing does this better or easier than Heritage Woodcare READ ALL about your HERITAGE WOODCARE at

Saturday, 4 January 2014

New Year Greetings and what is Heritage Leathercare

Well, it is now January 4th 2014 so I would like to start my 2014 blogs by wishing all my readers a belated but a very happy New Year!! I THOUGHT I WOULD START 2014 blogs by going back to basics and looking at what Heritage Leathercare is. Made in Dublin by Drigate Products (Mfg) Ltd (a family owned company based in Dublin), Heritage Leathercare , like it's sister product Heritage Woodcare is based on a Victorian craftsman's recipe containing old fashioned tried and tested ingredients that has been updated, using modern technology, to enable it to cope with 21st century developments. Heritage Leathercarecare is one example of their approach to only bring the very best products to your attention. SO, WHAT IS IT.? Heritage Leathercare is a traditional 19th century leather balsam containing original, old fashioned ingredients including beeswax. These are well known in the trade for protecting and revitalising the leather used in leathercraft (and indeed the stitching). Many craftspeople and professionals will vouch for its tried and tested formula. The results obtained with Heritage Leathercare are instantaneous and long lasting and, whilst newer leather products benefit from a shine and protection unsurpassed by modern polishes not containing our ingredients older, tired leather is left revitalised and more supple! Heritage Leathercare is generally regarded as one of the most economical on the market in this day and age FOR MORE INFORMATION about Heritage Leathercare visit my website at You can obtain Heritage Leathercare online online, visit REMEMBER you can also buy Heritage Woodcare online,