Breadbox Gets an Updo

Breadbox Before   Breadbox_afterThrift Store: Goodwill  in Lafayette , CO.  Did you know Goodwill Industries “diverts more than two billion pounds of clothing and household goods every year from landfills by recovering the value in people’s unwanted material goods.” That’s pretty impressive. 

Breadbox appearance: decent condition, didn’t need much work.

Reality of the box condition: highly built up gunk, hardware was very worn, wood itself dry and dull, missing the center piece. 

First I had to use Scott’s Liquid Gold Cleaner & Preservative to restore the wood. This wood was highly receptive to Liquid Gold, it was a hard wood that has been around for a very long time. This also removed all the gunk the breadbox had acquired. Inside the bread box

Gunk noun: unpleasant sticky or messy substance that can be removed using Liquid Gold.
Breadbox_B4_After

The Updo

Light sanding on the front in preparation for paint. A new and fun knob found at Hobby Lobby. Spray painted the hinges copper to add a shimmer. Very fancy scrapbook paper & cardboard were used to fill in the center open space for the final touch.

Breadbox is prepared for it’s date with Bread!

Breadbox Finished   Bread Loaf

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Who’s getting ready for playoffs?

If you’re hosting the parties this season – don’t break the bank to make your party festive.
Bronco table

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
Before table2

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!

An All-American Toolbox!

Like many, I love finding unique ways to breathe new life into old obsolete household items.  While cleaning the garage storage closet  I found this old toolbox, (maybe circa 1950) that belonged to my father-in-law.  I did not want to put it in the trash or donate it but it was just sitting there collecting dust.  I took it out of the garage and started to clean it up hoping that I might be inspired to find a new use for it.  And guess what, it worked!  How about An All-American planter to brighten my porch this Fourth of July? I started by cleaning up the toolbox with a gentle, mild detergent.  I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash. I wanted to be sure to get all the dirt off, inside and out, and remove any chemical residue.  But I also wanted to be sure it was safe for plants. You can see that it was pretty dirty! To deep clean the wood and hydrate it, I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative on the outside of the toolbox to restore the wood.  The wood was so dry and thirsty it took several applications.  When the wood looked good, I buffed out the extra oil. Then, I placed whipped topping containers in each section to catch extra water and added ten dollars worth of  red, white and ‘blue’ petunias. Added a few flags and Voila!  I have a unique planter from an old toolbox steeped in American history and ready to celebrate the Fourth of July! Wishing you and yours a safe and happy All-American Fourth of July!

An All-American Toolbox!

Like many, I love finding unique ways to breathe new life into old obsolete household items.  While cleaning the garage storage closet  I found this old toolbox, (maybe circa 1950) that belonged to my father-in-law.  I did not want to put it in the trash or donate it but it was just sitting there collecting dust.  I took it out of the garage and started to clean it up hoping that I might be inspired to find a new use for it.  And guess what, it worked!  How about An All-American planter to brighten my porch this Fourth of July? I started by cleaning up the toolbox with a gentle, mild detergent.  I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Wash. I wanted to be sure to get all the dirt off, inside and out, and remove any chemical residue.  But I also wanted to be sure it was safe for plants. You can see that it was pretty dirty! To deep clean the wood and hydrate it, I used Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative on the outside of the toolbox to restore the wood.  The wood was so dry and thirsty it took several applications.  When the wood looked good, I buffed out the extra oil. Then, I placed whipped topping containers in each section to catch extra water and added ten dollars worth of  red, white and ‘blue’ petunias. Added a few flags and Voila!  I have a unique planter from an old toolbox steeped in American history and ready to celebrate the Fourth of July! Wishing you and yours a safe and happy All-American Fourth of July!

Celebrating 60 Golden Years!

Jerry Goldstein is still watching over Liquid Gold

Hello friends! It has been some time since we have posted on the Scott’s Liquid Gold blog. The last few months have been very busy and very exciting. We have been preparing for 2011, a year full of Golden events and opportunities.

On April 4, 2011, Scott’s Liquid Gold proudly celebrated 60 years in business! Coincidentally, it was also the 55th birthday of our President and CEO, Mark Goldstein. If that were not enough, it was also Scott’s Liquid Gold Day in the City and County of Denver! We had all the makings for a very special triple celebration. As a small American manufacturer, these are amazing milestones for the company and its 65 employees.

To celebrate this important day, we had a party for all our employees, family members, vendors, suppliers and service providers. Liquid Gold was founded in 1951, so it seemed only fitting to have a 1950’s Diner theme as our backdrop. The DJ played lots of “Oldies but Goodies” while guests enjoyed little vintage bottles of Coca-Cola and Silver Dollar hamburgers. To add a little flair, some of our employees even dressed in saddle shoes and poodle skirts.

Heidi and Jo-Ann bring the 50's to life!

In 1951, Ida Goldstein, a widow with three sons bought the formula for Scott’s Liquid Gold. She paid $350 ( a $15 deposit) to buy Liquid Gold as a small business for her sons. Oldest son Jerry, took the reins and lead the company for nearly 50 years. As Mark Goldstein (Jerry’s son) said, “Even though my dad is gone, we are still a family company. Everyone here is a member of my family.”

Cindy and Sheila, two of our best employees

A staple in American homes for more than three generations, there is a good chance you have a can of Scott’s Liquid Gold under your kitchen sink. Happy 60th Anniversary to Scott’s Liquid Gold!

Clean Screen for a Spring Clean

new-imageSpring cleaning is just around the corner. Easter is just four weeks away and Passover is less than that. Time to pick up a can of  Scott’s Liquid Gold! It cleans and restores all the natural wood furniture and features in your home.  Scott’s Liquid Gold also makes Wood Wash to clean cabinets, doors, trim and floors. It really cuts through the dirt and grime and lets the natural beauty of the wood shine through. 

This year, look for the newest member of the Scott’s Liquid Gold family, Clean Screen, a two part cleaning system for valuable elctronics. It works on computers, high-def TVs, game sytems, DVDs, CDs and so much more. Leave it to the folks at Scott’s Liquid Gold to introduce the perfect solution for cleaning todays most valuable items.  Ater all, we have been taking care of your antiques and family heirlooms for nearly 60 years. 

Before you forget, put Scott’s Liquid Gold at the top of the grocery list. Be sure to look for coupons in the Sunday newspapers for savings on all our Scott’s Liquid Gold products.  Our products are always available online at www.scottsliquidgold.com or at 1-800-44-WOODS.

Please and Thank You

2009 was a difficult year for most Americans. The employees of Scott’s Liquid Gold wanted to share their appreciation with the American people for their support during these difficult times. They made a video “Thank You” note and posted it on Youtube. The link is below. It is a brief look at what makes this country great. Hard work, dedication, pride and commitment are at the core of this wonderful little company based in Denver, Colorado. Please take a moment to look at the video and thank you for your support.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ORZ4dZU28Y