Real Wood + Greenery for the Best Holiday Look of the Season

rustic-holiday-decor-collageHave you started decorating for the winter holidays yet? As soon as Thanksgiving was over, we began decorating the Scott’s Liquid Gold office for Christmas. This year, popular holiday décor is overwhelmingly natural, rustic, neutral, and understated. Images and design ideas trending right now highlight natural and botanical elements rather than plastic or manufactured-looking elements. This trend is great for the budget and easy to achieve because many items you can use may even be found in your very own backyard! We are excited to share with you how to create this look in your home and how Scott’s Liquid Gold can help.

To begin, find some real wood. Flea markets and thrift stores are great for finding old wooden trays, planter boxes, barn wood, pallet wood or crates. With a little Liquid Gold, they make beautiful clean slates for your creative attention! Barn wood and pallet wood can make great holiday signs or stocking holders. Crates, trays, and planter boxes can be the start to a lovely tablescape or the festive filling of an empty corner or coffee table.

Once you have your wood, go on a treasure hunt in your backyard for branch cuttings, pine cones, and rosemary, spruce, or evergreen sprigs. If your backyard doesn’t yield enough to work with, try Walmart, craft stores, or garden stores. You can easily find fake or real greenery, wood slices, burlap, and pillar candles.  These elements can easily be put together in many different ways to create charming holiday looks – it’s so easy they can almost be thrown together! christmas-botanical-decorationsslg-plus-decor-2_1
Beyond the decorations, holiday gift wrap can follow the same trend. Pinterest is full of inspiration for beautiful simple gift of brown kraft paper with natural elements such as greenery and twine. Again – great for the budget and less work for you!

Creativity, thriftiness, and a little Scott’s Liquid Gold blend perfectly together for a charming and beautiful holiday look. Happy decorating!

For more information on Scott’s Liquid Gold visit www.scottsliquidgold.com.

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‘First’ of Many (Brainy Ideas)

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There must be something about the warm air, green grass, rain showers and flowers of June that makes mankind opens the mind to new ideas.  June is a crazy month of ‘firsts’.  Phrases like ‘first invented’, ‘first patented’, ‘first announced, introduced and launched’ saturate the 30 days of June.

Just for fun we thought we would share some of the inventions and introductions that are still relevant today and have helped to shape daily life in America.  Listed in chronological order, the following is our Top 10 List of First Inventions and Introductions founded in the month of June.

 June 2, 1896 the first  radio patented 1896 by Guglielmo Marconi.  A source of news and information, the radio also provides entertainment.

June 4, 1896 the first car was introduced.  Henry Ford called it a ‘quadricycle’ and he took his first test drive on this day.

June 5, 1977 the first Apple computer went on sale.  Is it possible to describe the impact that Apple has had on 21st century America?

June 6, 1933 the first Drive-In movie in Hoboken, N.J in 1933.  So popular in modern America, Drive-Ins are popping up around the country again.

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June 11, 1982 the movie E.T. first premiered in 1982. Is there anyone that isn’t familiar with the phrase “E.T. phone home”?

June 19, 1846 the first baseball game was  played in Hoboken, N.J.  Like hot dogs and apple pie, baseball is now synonymous with America.

June 23, 1868 the typewriter was first patented and changed the way we communicate the written word.  What would the keyboard be without the typewriter?

June 26, 1819 the bicycle was first patented.  196 years later, as a form of transportation, the bicycle may be more important today than it was then.

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June 27, 1893 the melody for happy birthday was first published by two sisters, Mildred and Patty Hill.  It has been translated into hundreds of languages including Klingon.

June 29, 2007 the first iPhone was introduced.  How it has changed communication! Without it, texting, Snapchat, Instagram would not be possible.  You might actually have to call someone.

If these ‘firsts’ are not  enough to convince you that June is a month full of brainy ideas, the website Today in History has a calendar of historical events concerning inventions patents, trademarks and copyrights.  One for every day of the month!

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So take some time this month.  Go outside, lay in the grass, watch the clouds float by or stare at the stars.  Open your mind to the world of possibilities.  You never know what ingenious idea you might come up with that others will use in the near and distant future.

 

Flooded with Memories

Rushing water of the South Platte River in 1965

Rushing water of the South Platte River in 1965

For two days in June of 1965, torrential rains caused historic flooding of the Platte River in Denver.  Scott’s Liquid Gold was a tiny company based just blocks from the swollen South Platte River.

Years earlier in 1951, Ida Goldstein had purchased the formula and remaining inventory of Scott’s Liquid Gold from a door-to-door salesman.  Ida was a widow with three sons and had weathered the great depression alone. By 1965, Ida’s oldest son, Jerry, had taken on the task of building Scott’s Liquid Gold into a business.

Jerry Goldstein in 1970 after moving  the plant to its current location in Denver.

Jerry Goldstein in 1970 after moving the plant to its current location in Denver.

On June 16, 1965, Jerry watched the Platte River rise and feared that Liquid Gold and years of work would be wiped out.  It took several days for the water to recede and for local business owners to be allowed back into the flood ravaged area.  It took several more days just to get the door open to assess the damage. Jerry expected to find that everything had been washed away or broken beyond repair.  To his surprise, although severely battered and bruised, most of the bottles and equipment were intact.

Without insurance, the clean-up began. Jerry realized that as the flood waters rose, the bottles simply floated. As the water receded the bottles settled again on the dirt and mud left behind by the rushing water.

The Scott's Liquid Gold bottle in 1965.

The Scott’s Liquid Gold bottle in 1965.

With the help of his family and friends, they cleaned and sorted bottles and put the small manufacturing facility back together.  Within weeks Jerry was batching and bottling by hand and filling orders just as he had before the flood.

To encourage Jerry as he was building the company, Ida had given him a framed poem called “Don’t Quit”. Her years as a single mother during the depression had made her tenacious and she never gave up and she expected the same from her sons. The poem hung on the wall of a tiny office in the small manufacturing facility.  When Jerry first opened the door to the plant a few days following the flood the first thing he found was the poem. Like the bottles, it simply rose and fell with the flood waters.

The water-stained "Don't Quit" poem that hung on the wall at Scott's Liquid Gold

The water-stained “Don’t Quit” poem that hung on the wall at Scott’s Liquid Gold

Scott’s Liquid Gold survived the flood of 1965 and has gone on to thrive for another 50 years.  It is one of the most well-known and trusted brands in America today.  Jerry’s only son, Mark, worked with his dad for 22 years and has led the company since his father’s death in 2000.  Jerry always believed that the poem survived as a reminder to never give up on your dreams and keep going because you never know how close you are to seeing your dreams come true.  To the millions of Americans with big dreams and high hopes, we want to encourage you to keep going.  Success may be closer than you think.

 

From the poem “Don’t Quit”-

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.

And you can never tell how close you are

It may be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you musn’t quit.

Non-Toxic Wood Wash Concentrate

Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash Concentrate was designed to be a non-toxic hardwood floor cleaner. We wanted it to be safe for the floors our kids and pets play on while thoroughly cleaning the beautiful wood in our home.  However, after trials and testing we realized it is a fantastic (and safe) multi-purpose cleaner. It works well on not only wood and simulated wood but on tile, linoleum, porcelain, vinyl, chrome, brass, leather, misc. painted surfaces and fiberglass.Wood Wash Concentrate

Wood Wash Concentrate comes in a 25 fl. oz. bottle.

Directions: Mix 1/4 cup of Wood Wash with 1 gallon of warm water! It’s best use is for larger surfaces as it is mixed with an entire gallon of water! There’s a lot of cleaning we can do with this. Following these directions you will get a little over 12 “cleanings” from the bottle.

Wood Wash ConcentrateWhere does the “non-toxic” come from? Drum roll please…. Citric Acid aka grapefruit, oranges, and all citrus fruits. Citric Acid is the main ingredient for both Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash Concentrate and Ready-to-Use spray. Non-toxic and biodegradable go hand in hand when it comes to Wood Wash, after cleaning – it is safe to dump the bucket in the yard.

Using Wood Wash on my leather couch is my new cleaning secret! Wood Wash is also perfect for cutting boards – this is a better choice than a bleach or potent disinfectant. It will clean and purify the cutting board without leaving behind the harmful chemicals for you to ingest.Wood Wash Concentrate

No matter how and where you’re using Wood Wash it’s important to always follow the mixing directions! Additionally, Concentrate is not to be used as a refill for Ready-to-Use spray. This is because the two products have different formulas. Ready-to-Use is also a safe and non-toxic cleaner but it was not designed for floors and should not be combined with the Concentrate formula.

Wood Wash Concentrate can currently be found at most Ace hardware, Menards, Kmart, and Sears stores across the nation. Of course, it’s available online as well!

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10 Unusual Ways to Use Liquid Gold

Wood has been and always will be Liquid Gold’s first born – but we can’t leave the rest of the kids in the closet! Scott’s Liquid Gold can be used in a variety of weird ways and we’d love to share them with you!

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1. Bike chains! Use Liquid Gold as a lubricant for all your pesky chains.

2. Metal hand tools for gardening and carpentry – Liquid Gold will prevent rusting, while cleaning and restoring your tools. 

3. Have you ever thought to use Liquid Gold in the bathroom for porcelain and chrome? To prevent soap scrum build up and leave the “just cleaned” look for longer use  Liquid Gold after your normal clean and rinse. Great for the toilet, sink, and (chrome, brass, porcelain) hardware. 

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4. Are your sliding door tracks always stuck? Stick no more with Liquid Gold – simply clean them out to aid in better movement.

5. Squeaky hinges! No way, you can now take care of those obnoxious doors and chairs with your everyday cleaner! Use Liquid Gold as a lubricant on squeaky hinges.

6. Most stainless steel appliances in the kitchen are waiting for some Liquid Gold love! However, avoid places that are exposed to high heat. Again, wash first as normal then top with Liquid Gold for the beautiful shine you want from your stainless steel.glove

7. Clean and soften leather! Believe it! Liquid Gold is great to clean and restore your leather luggage, boots, baseball mitts, and everything else!

8. Liquid Gold acts as a dust repellent on window screens!  Rinse them with water, let them dry and then use Liquid Gold as you normally would. The neighbors will think you hired a professional to clean your screens year-round!

9. Removing stickers from bumpers, windows, and appliances! Who knew – don’t spend tons of money purchasing a cleaner to only use once or twice when you can use what you already have under the sink!

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10. Clean and restore stained glass windows and decor! Stained glass can attract dust rather quickly and in abundance! Liquid Gold will scare the dust away! Boooo dust!

There you have it, 10 unique ways to use Liquid Gold! Hopefully you are surprised and inspired by more than one use! As always, feel free to contact us with questions about using Liquid Gold! Don’t miss us on Pinterest and YouTube!

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This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!

Who’s getting ready for playoffs?

If you’re hosting the parties this season – don’t break the bank to make your party festive.
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Pick any old table from your home, garage, grandmas place or your local Goodwill. By unanimous decision, I had to pick the Bronco’s (Go Denver – cough cough!) I can’t say everyone in the building was on-board but majority rules.

Touchdown!

Touchdown!

The hardest part of re-vamping this table was making sure I did the reverse stencil properly. Simply print the imagine you’d like, cut it out and practice on a piece of cardboard. It helps to find an image in the reverse color (white to black). This may ensure you cut the right pieces out. Also, if you’re using spray paint I suggest printing on paper with one adhesive side. This will make for better lines and a simpler process (less mistakes). You could also use an adhesive spray (found at a hobby store). My table needed a little sanding first (150 grit may have been too much). necessities
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In this process I learned something about Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaner and Preservative. At least for this wood, Liquid Gold had created a scratch resistant surface. How I found out: I had used Liquid Gold on only half of the table the week prior (before and after photos). When I began sanding the table by hand, rather than sander it was quite responsive to the sand paper on the half that did not have Liquid Gold. When I got to the other half which had Liquid Gold, the sand paper hardly touched the table – I was in awe. After cleaning one half of the table with Liquid Gold, it had moisturized it enough to become scratch-resistant. I did eventually sand that half of the table, but my arm was very tired!

Enjoy the rest of regular season and Happy Holidays from everyone at Scott’s Liquid Gold!

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!

Bring On Winter

Hang anything you would like from an old door!

I wanted to hang my families ski’s and snowboard’s! I can fit up to three on this one, probably could have fit another two tiers on it if you get the right hooks and hang them at more of an angle. I went to Resource Yard, found a used door for $15 (they had them for $10-85).

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After a little sanding to even the texture out, I picked a fun color to paint the door (used some old paint in the basement). As I was painting it this amazing blue, I decided I wanted snowflakes on it – seemed to fit the theme. I even created the snowflakes myself, like we did in elementary school (folding the paper 4-5 times and cut away). Then, added a touch of splatter, just because it’s fun to do.

Really anything would be fun on here, If I could paint the San Juan Mountain Range on it, I would have. But my artistic abilities do not extend that far. This would spruce up any garage or basement! Also, helps to keep snow gear from continuously falling over when it is sat up against a wall. It is far cheaper than any rack you may find at a sports store and it has a personal touch! And last but certainly not least, I shined it up with some Scott’s liquid Gold for a beautiful shine! Happy Skiing and hopes for more snow this season in Colorado!

This post and project were created by our Intern, Amber Lesser. Amber is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Colorado. Thanks Amber!