Sanding wood / Guides

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...wood floor again, something that you mop or vacuum once a week. Floor preparation, the first step to the perfect wood floor Before attempting the refinishing of a wood floor, know what you're tackling first. Is your floor old floorboards that have been covered with carpet? Are they good enough for sanding and finis...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...wood if you omit applying a finish. One thing is for certain - when the work is complete, it will be quicker and easier to clean below a wood ceiling than one with drywall, mud sanding and painting. Staining wood ceilings: If you are interested in the look of wood but would like to mix up the look a bit, below ar...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...wood is pretty simple; it takes little more than a quick hand-sanding if necessary, and wiping on a single coat of oil. Shou sugi ban siding and torrefied wood: There is a related wood treatment called torrefied wood or thermo-modified wood , where milled planks are baked in a high-temperature oven. Virtually all t...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...wood refers to smaller pieces that are machine grooved and glued together. They are strong, and enable the use of smaller pieces of wood that have limited use. Pros: They are cheaper than solid wood, last a long time, use post-industrial material, don't contain harmful glues, and they can usually be found somewhat ...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...wood floor finish , but the majority of them are high in VOC's which are detrimental to interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage - it's very easy to touc...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...Wood dust from cutting Dust from cutting drywall and sanding drywall compounds VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in paints and primers Formaldehyde and other chemicals present in building materials VOCs from adhesives and surface finishes Airborne fibers from insulation batts Off-gassing of foam insulation ...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...wood for ceilings rather than drywall . Milk Paint: Milk paint emits no fumes and is completely safe for children, pregnant women and anyone with chemical sensitivities. It’s usually a bit cheaper than zero VOC paint and offers a more rustic look than conventional paint. Milk paint is most commonly available in a...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...wood sheds, bed frames, chairs and tables etc. Companies that accumulate them are often relieved if you come take some - but be certain to double check that pallets and pallet wood are safe by understanding pallet labelling for toxicity here . And last but not least, reuse household waste wherever possibl...