How to Use Wood Wax on your Oak Furniture!

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How to look after your Oak Furniture with Wood Wax Care and Maintenance Kit

Oak products are some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture around, with their warm, cosy feel and sturdy look they can go with any household. However with great power comes great responsibility, meaning you’re going to have to put a bit of work in to it, if you want to keep that stupendous look for years to come, and here’s how.

This guide will give you the exact information you need to keep your Oak Furniture perfect all year round, no matter what. Once you’ve got into the habit of doing this, you may not have to buy any new furniture ever again.

1) Getting the Correct Wood Wax

Make sure you get the good Wood Wax, as this will ensure the best quality for your Furniture. Yes, it’s going to cost that bit more but you will see the benefits in the long run! I’d recommend the one from Oak Furniture King, just as I know that’s worked for me. However you can get great Wood Wax from most good hardware stores.

2) Paper everything in sight!

Okay maybe not everything in sight, but definitely put paper down on the floors and it’s best to wear some old clothes, as this Wax can stain. So be prepared!

3) Make sure the surface is clear

Before that wax touches the surface of the product, you need to make sure it’s free of dust, damp and general rubbish. This will ensure that you will get a clean surface and you will not have anything disrupting the good work that the Wax does. So just use a dry clean cloth and give it a wipe over before starting.

4) Waxing the product

Get a clean cloth and dab in into the wax and start applying onto the table, yes it’s that simple. Make sure that you follow the grain of the wood, as this will ensure a uniform look and give you the best result. Don’t worry about being too generous with the wax, as the Wood doesn’t need to be drowned in it.

5) Once it’s waxed!

Once the job is done and it’s all waxed, leave it for a few minutes. Let the wax breathe and soak into the Wood and do its job, so go an pop the kettle on and put your feet up for 5.

6) Buffer, Buffer, Buffer!

After you’ve had your hot beverage it’s time to get another dry and clean cloth and get back to work! Go over all the surfaces that you covered and buffer until your heart’s content! You can never buffer too much, it’s all dependant on how shiny you want it.

 

7) Keep the consistency

Depending on who you speak to, you’re more than likely going to get different answers.  We highly recommend to do it four times a year, as this will ensure the quality of the Oak, and it give it the best chance to last for many years to come!

8) Get the Mats and the Coasters!

If you want to give your Oak an advanced chance of surviving the household wilderness, then make sure you keep the mats and coasters in close quarters! Most Waxes are not water or heat resistant, so keep that in the back of your head next time you’re about to sit down for a meal.

9) Utilise the Wood Cleaner

Just because you should only wax it four times a year, doesn’t mean you can’t use simple wood cleaner from time to time. This will give it that shine every now and then, keeping it prime and ready for that next waxing treatment.

10) Enjoy!

Although maintaining oak furniture can be a time consuming task, you must remember to enjoy your furniture. When it’s all done and looking pretty, sit back and admire your work with a cup of tea and a biscuit!

 

 

 

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Halloween Ideas You Should Try

 

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The american tradition of Halloween has evolved quite considerably over the years, being celebrated by millions all over the world. With the huge number of people that celebrate it yearly, the tradition never fails to bring out the creativeness in people. For some, October 31st may be kind of frightening, but it is well intentioned and a lot of fun for children and adults – hence why it’s the biggest holiday of the year, with Christmas being the most celebrated.

With such a celebrated holiday, it’s inevitable that creativeness is only going to get even better. Below we have compiled a list of ideas you should try if your throwing your own party this year.

Baby Face Mirror

This one can be made at home using a toy doll and Plaster of Paris. Plaster of Paris is used for making basic sculptures. It’s important you learn how to use this material which you can discover here.

Fun fact: Plaster of Paris is also used by hospitals to form a cast to protect an injury such as a broken arm.

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Coloured In Orange Pumpkins

Produce your very own pumpkin look-a-like babies by drawing scary faces on them. All you need are a bundle of oranges and a marker pen, which can all be bought for less than £5 dependent on how many you buy and where you buy them from.

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Free Shots

If you are throwing a party, a good way to start the night for you and your guests is to fill syringes with shots. You can buy toy syringes in bulk for a reasonably cheap price.

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Rope Tie

Be creative and use a rope to replace your tie. We would recommend using a clip-on version for safety reasons.

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How To: Bedroom Colour Matching

If you are interested in colour coordinating your bedroom, we have a few tips for you before doing so.

Depending on what kind of style you like, we have two suggestions for you that may inspire you to customise or alter your current decor choice.

Colour

Colour matching is something that needs careful thought. With the bedroom being the place of relaxation and rest, it is important to absolutely nail colour co-ordination. Generally, the aim is to create a sense of warmth and comfort. The example below shows how you can match your furniture colour with your wall. However, what will really create that sense of warmth is lighting. How does your lamp reflect from your chosen colour?

 

Pattern

As mentioned with colour, careful consideration has to go into how you want your place of relaxation to look. With consistency being high priority, you need to ascertain what kind of feeling you would like when you enter the room. Creating a personalized theme is important however, you need to decide where you would like your pattern to appear. For example: Patterned wallpaper, headboard, curtains, tables, carpet etc. If you decide that you prefer a patterned wallpaper for example, it would be more effective to consider matching it with something else. For example, below you can see the headboard and curtains pattern match, proving to be very effective.

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Remember: If you are still unsure on what decor style you would like; or are intrigued how your room would look with your chosen colour, visit our 3D virtual showroom. Our virtual showroom is a FREE service provided by us to help you tour a 3D model of your room to aid you in deciding your preferred colour choice.

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Furniture Ideas You Should Definitely Try

Practical ideas on a budget

Whether it’s with furniture you already have, or you have to buy materials to build a cheap furniture piece, you can create almost anything you need if you have a very strict budget. Below, we present you with examples of what you may be able to implement in your home.

Balcony Laptop Rest

If you have a small balcony, good weather but limited space for you to work, try this. A laptop stand that easily sits on your balcony railings, giving you freedom to work and enjoy the weather at the same time.

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Add a unique style to your patio

If you’re not a D.I.Y savvy and you’re hosting a party on the weekend, this alternative seating area is something you should definitely consider to provide extra seating. All that’s needed is breeze blocks, 6 lengths of timber and a spare 10 minutes.

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From desk to a seating area

If you have converted your office area into a bedroom, instead of selling your desk, make it into a practical seating area for your living room/hallway.

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Practical picture/dining table

Make your favourite wall picture your dining table as well. If space is limited, why not combine your picture frame into your dining area? it’s a win win situation that we’re sure will take your guests by surprise.

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Bringing outdoor furniture indoors

These guys have literally gone all out to invest in a very unique bathroom area. Using old ladders as a towel rack, a door/window frame for a mirror, a bench and 2 metal tubs as the sink, you almost have yourself a full bathroom. Just one thing is outstanding, what did they use for the bath tub?

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And finally, an improvised holder for your keys

If your rock days are over and your amplifiers are sitting there doing nothing. Instead of selling, salvage parts to use as a practical alternative – in this case, a holder for your house/car keys.

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If you’re interested in purchasing new furniture, we have hundreds of products on our furniture sites:

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Life Hacks That Will Save You Time and Money

You’ve bought your product(s) from Oak Furniture King. But, on a tight budget you realise you need to curb your spending. This is where we have you covered. Our list of life hacks will save you time & money – and may even be incorporated into your daily routine.

Tennis Ball Holder

To begin, we have this very cheap and easy holding for your mail, keys, towels, office equipment and any other small items you think would be useful to store. Furthermore, theirs a possibility that you may already have a tennis ball. If not, Ebay have a ton of great deals, some of which are actually selling in bulk for less than £10.

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Walnut Scratches & Dings Hack

All you will need for this trick is a walnut (obviously) and a dry cloth to buff the area afterwards. In case your are wondering how this works watch the video below for a full in-depth guide. But basically, The natural oils in the walnut are absorbed by the wood, restoring it’s colour. And the texture from the walnut helps smooth out the area a little.

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Elastic Band Trick

This technique can get you out of a lot of trouble when you don’t want to spend money on tools etc. It is also useful to note that you can get a huge bundle of elastic bands, for free, from your local postman.

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Washing Peg Trick

In order to keep your fingers in-tact and avoid putting a dent in your walls, try this nifty trick with your clothes peg.

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Wires Organizer

Have a lot of unorganized leads & wires lying around? well, you may want to hang on to your toilet roll tubes and old shoe boxes as you can do this:

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Condiments Holder

If you are inviting family and friends over for food, consider this neat trick!

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Wallpaper Tip

If you have a high demand of birthdays you have to keep on top of every year, this toilet paper tube trick is sure to make your life a lot easier. You can forget about messy presents wrapping, this will save you time and money, making present wrapping more economical in more than one aspect.

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Grape Hack

And Finally, the ingenious grape hack. After trying most (if not ALL) of the above, kick back to round off your dedication by adding frozen grapes to your glass of white wine.

For those in the unknown, “White wine is made by fermenting juice which is made by pressing crushed grapes to extract a juice; the skins are removed and play no further role”. Learn more

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Space Saving Furniture & Accessory Ideas

We all love more space in our homes, particularly when we can make an area more functional on a small budget. With D.I.Y techniques from scraps, to cheap, practical furniture you can buy without breaking the bank, you will see tried and tested furniture ideas that others have tried successfully.

Remember: If you’re going to try out one or more of these ideas, it is important to note: “Measure twice, cut once!”.

Folding Table

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 Materials needed:

  • Hinges
  • Scrap wood/timber
  • Screws
  • Wall plugs
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure

Make-up & Toiletries Smart Storage

Have a bathroom cabinet that is full of make-up products and toiletry accessories? well now you can create more space and be more organized on an extremely low budget.

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Materials needed:

  • Plastic trays & pencil holders
  • Self-adhesive tape or a spot of glue
  • Spirit level, ruler & pencil to ensure a straight, horizontal line

Ladder Desk/shelving

If you happen to have a set of wide-step wooden ladders or spare wood/timber lying around, you can do this! Apart from a work desk, you can also use this as a book case or another form of display.

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Materials needed:

  • Preferably an office room
  • Old wide-step wooden ladders or;
  • two lengths of timber
  • Square pieces of scrap wood
  • Nails/screws
  • Spirit level
  • Anti-slip rubber glued to the bottom to prevent slipping on tiled or wooden floors (optional)
  • Wall fixtures (optional but recommended)
  • Paint

Floating Kitchen Trays

Save all of your kitchen worktop area from getting cluttered with this simple rail and baskets. A simple but effective method that can be achieved using an old curtain rail & baskets you may  have lying around.

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Materials needed:

  • Pole
  • Baskets
  • Rail holders
  • Screws
  • Spirit Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil

Floating Kitchen Chemical-bottle Rail

Create more space for your small, kitchen storage space below your kitchen (and bathroom) space. This can be accomplished by finding a plastic stick fit for the interior width. Or, you can buy an extendable pole that can be adjusted to fit snugly.

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Towel Storage Solution

Create an effective towel storage solution with spare baskets you have lying around.

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Materials needed:

  • A basket or an appropriate draw you’re happy to use
  • Wall brackets to slot your baskets on or;
  • if preferable, screw directly to the wall

Have you done your own D.I.Y work that you’re eager to share? send them to jaike@alm-distribution.co.uk to be considered featuring on our next D.I.Y post & Facebook page.