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DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

At the end of last year when looking forward to 2020, being confined to home with no school for kids wasn't part of the plan - but making the best of this opportunity to pass on some life skills seems like a good idea. If you are home with your kids like us right now, then you can count yourselves among the lucky…

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural finishing oil for floors, counters, furniture & decks - enrich wood surfaces safely, protect them from stains & water ingress. Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants…

Polished concrete floors and counters

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Non-toxic and durable finish for polished concrete floors, especially when using natural beeswax floor polishes for the Eco-friendly Green Building choice for finishing a concrete floor beautifully. Polished concrete floors are extremely durable and non-toxic; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it…

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil

How to find a healthier wood finish

A wood floor will need to be sealed and protected but many products have a detrimental effect on air quality as they still contain VOC's which are best avoided if possible. Is Polyurethane floor seal non-toxic? In North America, polyurethane varnish is used almost exclusively as a wood floor finish, but the majority…

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore

Choosing safe paints

Choosing zero VOC paints and finishes for your home ensures safer indoor air quality. There is a current trend towards limiting the production of solvent-based paints, replacing them with solvent-free or water-based paints. The move towards safe paint has led to a noticeable improvement in indoor air quality since…

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

Sanding your own wood floors

This is one place where you can safely save some money. Sanding wood floors is a time consuming but relatively easy procedure. Sanding wood floors & refinishing yourself will definitely save money, and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding handyperson who quotes on it…

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

Natural paint is non-toxic, cheap and easy to make & provides a beautiful texture to walls. Ditch the VOC's & improve interior air quality for your family with these tips on making Eco-friendly natural paint at home. Making Eco-friendly paint at home is easy when you know how If you want to decorate your home with…

Interior solid pine door

Interior finishing

Whether you are renovating or building, the materials you choose for interior finishing will affect not only aesthetics, but also indoor air quality. Here is a look at the pros and cons of the different materials you will have to choose from. Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and…

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

Formaldehyde-free & Eco-friendly MDF alternative interior finishing wood products such as Rice Stalk MDF panels are coming to the USA & Canada. Zero VOC to improve the indoor air quality of homes and protect our health. Formaldehyde-free MDF made from rice - available at distributors in USA & Canada There is a…

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams

All about wood

The sight of a tree falling can easily trigger something even in the most unlikely environmentalist. Ignoring that visual, wood can be a much greener material choice than many others if you put some thought into selection. Finding sustainable wood: We live in a country with over 400 million hectares of forest, so…

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

Make an informed decision when picking kitchen counters - think about cost, but also durability, and how your choice of materials will affect your health. How to price a sustainable kitchen countertop? As a professional cabinetmaker, I have often been asked how much a kitchen costs. There is no accurate answer of…

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