Sanding wood / Guides

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

Sanding your own wood floors

...Sanding wood floors & refinishing yourself will definitely save money , and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding h...

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 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...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

...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 o...

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. ...

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 fi...

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 ot...

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 s...

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...Sanding, caulking and paint can bring them back good as new. Bricks and masonry: Putting materials with high thermal mass in the path of the sun will absorb h...