Caring for your Wood Furniture

Written by BatSheva Vaknin

Caring for your Wood Furniture By BatSheva Vaknin

There is nothing like wood furniture to add elegance and beauty to a home. Whether it is a thick, all-natural butchers block table, an Art Deco wooden dresser, a simple mahogany dining room table or a sleek, modern coffee table, wood furniture is a staple in homes across America andrepparttar world. Make sure your wood tables, vanities and dressers stay gorgeous for generations to come with these simple solutions and guidelines. Stain, Stain, Go Away! Ever gasped after a child inadvertently left a giant scratch inrepparttar 145559 surface of your dining room table? Or cringed when a well-meaning adult accidentally knocked over a drink onto your beautiful wood coffee table? Well, fear not. One ofrepparttar 145560 best attributes of wood furniture is that it is simple to touch up or renew its original luster.

Small nicks and scratches can usually be disguised withrepparttar 145561 help of a store-bought scratch cover product. For larger scratches, try using a felt tip pen or shoe polish in a color closely matched torepparttar 145562 finish ofrepparttar 145563 furniture piece. Shoe polish applicator bottles filled withrepparttar 145564 stain work well forrepparttar 145565 cover-up job, as do Sharpie markers. Coloring inrepparttar 145566 scratch is easy and surprisingly effective.

Get rid of pesky water spots on your wood furniture by allowingrepparttar 145567 spots to dry completely, then rubbing real mayonnaise onto it with a soft cloth, untilrepparttar 145568 spots disappear. Erase color rings left on tables by cups and glasses with a homemade mixture of cigarette ashes and cooking oil. Preprepparttar 145569 stain first by scrubbing it with an abrasive pad or sandpaper. Then, rubrepparttar 145570 oil and ash concoction intorepparttar 145571 wood.

And what about candle wax, marringrepparttar 145572 beautiful finish of your wood dining room table? Wait untilrepparttar 145573 wax cools, then apply ice. Oncerepparttar 145574 wax becomes extremely hard and brittle, gently scrape it off with a plastic spatula. Finally, polishrepparttar 145575 table with a rich cream polish, and buff away any residue.

Remove or Disguise Scratches and Stains

Problem: Solution: Nicks, Scratches Magic Marker or Shoe Polish Water Spots Mayonnaise Color Rings Sandpaper, Ashes and Oil Wax Ice

An Ounce of Prevention, a Lifetime of Protection Prevent serious damage to your wood furniture by taking care not to position it in direct sunlight. Unless you are going forrepparttar 145576 weathered picnic table look, shield all wood furniture fromrepparttar 145577 drying influence ofrepparttar 145578 sun. Also, protect your dining room tableís finish using an inexpensive table pad whenrepparttar 145579 table is not in use.

When eating a meal or entertaining guests, use a tablecloth or placemats to protectrepparttar 145580 finish of a wood table, especially when serving hot food. Place hot serving dishes atop a hot pad and candle holders over a large felt protector with a plastic top, since plastic prevents wax from running.

Use coasters beneath all glasses and mugs to protect your coffee table, dining room table and wood dressers from unsightly rings and water spots. Beware, because not all coasters are created equal. Metal coasters can sweat ontorepparttar 145581 wood, and plastic coasters can react with certain finishes on some wood furniture pieces. So consider choosing wooden coasters with felt backing and a waterproof material on top to further ensurerepparttar 145582 longevity of your wood table tops. The best coasters are those that taper up onrepparttar 145583 sides, preventing leakage.

Designing Your Kidís Room is Childís Play!

Written by BatSheva Vaknin

Designing Your Kidís Room is Childís Play! By BatSheva Vaknin

Would your childís room benefit from some fresh design ideas and reorganization? Most could, but it can be hard to know where to begin and what concepts to use. Obviously,repparttar age and personality of your child, not to mention your budget, will dictate much ofrepparttar 145558 design concept. But where and how to begin? With these easy-to-follow tips, you will be ready to dive right in and decorate. A room with a viewpoint Every piece of furniture, wall-hanging and accessory in a childís room contributes to an overall feeling conveyed byrepparttar 145559 room. A sports theme conveys excitement, while soft white clouds against a light blue sky add a relaxing, inspirational touch. Chooserepparttar 145560 design that is right for your child by having a conversation with each object and piece of furniture before you place it inrepparttar 145561 room, asking what it could contribute and where it would like to be placed. Askrepparttar 145562 room what color it would like to be painted, orrepparttar 145563 walls what they would like hanging on them. Stay open-minded and you will realizerepparttar 145564 answer to each question is within you. Give your childrepparttar 145565 room of his or her dreams - literally Did you know that children sleep for up to sixteen hours a day and sometimes more, depending on their age? For child development, sleep is as vital for health and well-being as food. So your first consideration when designing your childís bedroom should be to create a space that feels comfortable, warm and safe. Keep this in mind when planning to decorate, since creating an atmosphere where your child can sleep peacefully is more important than adaptingrepparttar 145566 latest hot design trend. Minimize distractions, maximize peace of mind Messy, cluttered rooms add a subtle layer of stress torepparttar 145567 inhabitant, and can inhibit proper relaxation. Keep your childís room well-organized, with as few distractions as possible. Before you begin to decorate your childís room, remove all furniture, toys, clothes, and wall-hangings. Cleanrepparttar 145568 entire room, using natural cleaners that wonít irritate your childís sensitive nostrils and lungs. Color me beautiful Paint can transform an ordinary room into a world of your childís own. Color will influence how your child feels, so choose shades or combinations that promote relaxation, security, happiness and love. Green, blue, pink, pastel orange, and beige are all good choices. Let your child help pickrepparttar 145569 color, but stay away from bright reds and yellows which can be overly vibrant, making it hard for your child to relax, and from dreary grays, browns or black, which can be depressing and may affect your childís mood. Paint should be freshened every two to four years, and should provide a nice backdrop forrepparttar 145570 rest ofrepparttar 145571 room.

Bed sheets, blankets and bumpers should also be soothing torepparttar 145572 eye, so steer clear of bright, dominant colors. Pastels of any color work fine here, as does plain white or cream. When it comes to room accents, you can be creative with colors. A childís chair or step stool can be painted in bright primary colors, eliciting feelings of excitement, while a large soft teddy bear or rug can be light blue or pink, enveloping your child in comfort and love. Clear that clutter! Oncerepparttar 145573 paint is dry, bring back inrepparttar 145574 bed. Placerepparttar 145575 bed in its ideal location, then one by one, fill outrepparttar 145576 room withrepparttar 145577 other furniture pieces (see Feng Shui Tips, below). Ifrepparttar 145578 room starts to look cluttered, do not feel you must fit in everything. Traderepparttar 145579 chest of drawers for a closet organizer, wire or wood systems.

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