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!

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The Charm of an Older Home

1920s-Bungalow Do you love the rich character and history of an older home?  Do you have a favorite era? How about a 1920’s bungalow, a turn-of-the-century farmhouse or mid-century modern?  One of the wonderful things about these homes is that each has features that are uniquely their own.

a and c 2It could be a chunky mahogany banister, arts and crafts style built-ins or vaulted ceilings with wood beams.  And of course they all have beautiful hardwood floors.  Each home has generations of stories to tell and has seen a lot of life.

If it is your home today, you probably take a great deal of pride in it. You take care of it and want to show off the character and charm that make it your own.  Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative can help you to deep clean and condition all the natural wood in your home.  Woodwork, doors, cabinets, built-ins and furnishing will all benefit from a good dose of Scott’s Liquid Gold from time to time.

And now, Scott’s Liquid Gold can also help you to care for your hardwood floors with Floor Restore. The dog, the kids and the weather can all leave your floors looking dull and worn.

lab on floorsFloor Restore is an advanced polymer formula that bring back the life, beauty and shine to hardwood floors. It is quick, easy and leaves a durable protective finish that lasts for months.

 

We love older homes.  Simple elegance, high quality materials and that cozy well-loved feel is something that is hard to find in a newer home. 1880's floors

Let us help you to take care of your historic gem.  Mothers and grandmothers have trusted Scott’s Liquid Gold to care for their home and family heirlooms for 63 years.  You can count on us to treat your home like you do, with love and pride.

Watch the video to see how Floor Restore can work for you or visit us at scottsliquidgold.com for more information about all our products.

 

 

 

Reclaimed vs. Salvaged Wood

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Reclaimed and salvaged are terms that are often used interchangeably when referring to reusing wood.  The truth is they are not the same thing but they do serve a similar purpose.  Reclaimed wood is wood that has been used previously in the construction of buildings. Old barns are a common source of reclaimed wood as are old warehouses, docks, homes and municipal buildings. These structures must be carefully dismantled when intended for reuse.  The wood is then cut up or re-shaped to be used in a new way.  Old flooring becomes a coffee table.  An old support beam becomes a fireplace mantel.  The simple act of re-using the wood is what defines it as ‘reclaimed. There are several reasons for choosing reclaimed wood as a building material.  Often hundreds of years old and exposed to the elements, reclaimed wood has a beautiful unique weathered patina.  It is an extremely stable wood having been air-dried for many years.  People also often like the stories behind reclaimed wood.  Knowing it came from a family barn or a historic building only makes it more interesting.

shutterstock_72186736Unlike reclaimed wood, salvaged wood has not been previously cut into lumber or used for construction. The wood is typically found in its natural state. It could be from trees that are dead, have fallen or need to be removed for some reason.  Trees are often removed to build a highway or new housing. Like reclaimed wood, salvaged wood has a lot of character. The color is often much deeper.  It may have intricate grain patterns, knots and worm tracks.  Centuries of aging causes a wide range of beautiful qualities that just cannot be found in younger tree growth.

In both cases, reclaimed and salvaged wood is ‘old growth’. Since the wood came from old growth forests it is harder, denser and has more character than new growth wood.  They also share the same benefits. Both are extremely durable and will can last for generations.  The wood can be re-finished, converted and re-used in many different ways. Best of all, both prevent new trees from being cut down.

Today there is much interest in using reclaimed and salvaged wood in home renovations and decor.  It is being used as hardwood floors, to make furniture, create feature walls and art. pallet-coffee-tableThe costs for each varies considerably. Reclaimed wood is often less expensive traditional lumber.  Salvaged wood, however can be more expensive.  It must be collected, transported, milled, and is often re-finished before it’s re-sold.  There is also a lot of waste that doesn’t happen with younger woods. Up to 75% of a tree that was fallen or salvaged is often unusable.

Although different, it really doesn’t matter whether you use reclaimed or salvaged wood. Each offers a one-of-a-kind building material.  Both benefit the environment and reduce what goes in a landfill.  The next time you shop for furniture or plan a woodworking project, consider using reclaimed or salvaged wood. Reusing and recycling are trends that are here to stay.

 

 

 

 

 

Real Reviews of Scott’s Liquid Gold Products

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This post is all about our products and product reviews to give you a better understanding of how to fit Liquid Gold into your home!

We’d love to take this chance to thank our bloggers for their hard work and dedication to providing their audience with wonderful and accurate product reviews. Please take a moment to get to know them. Most photos are courtesy of the associated blogger.

Mamawj’s Moment Away @itsallnew2me has reviewed an array of Liquid Gold products. Here’s her review of Touch of Scent!

"The dry, weightless formula that each scent delivers gives you a more vibrant, fast acting fragrance that will leave your surroundings smelling clean, fresh and more inviting to your guest, family, and yourself to enjoy."“The dry, weightless formula that each scent delivers gives you a more vibrant, fast acting fragrance that will leave your surroundings smelling clean, fresh and more inviting to your guest, family, and yourself to enjoy.” Julie

Yes, we make concentrated air fresheners also!

Scott's Liquid Gold Dust 'n GoA Colorado local, Rocky Mountain Savings @RockyMtnSavings review of Liquid Gold Dust ‘n Go!

“After trying Dust ‘n Go, I never want to go back to a cloth rag again! These pre-moistened wipes gathered all the dust in one swipe and didn’t leave any residue.” – Emily

"After trying Dust ‘n Go, I never want to go back to a cloth rag again! These pre-moistened wipes gathered all the dust in one swipe and didn't leave any residue."

Free Hot Samples @FHSfreebies review of Scott’s Liquid Gold

Wood Cleaner & Preservative!

“They’re easy to use, reasonably priced, and produce fantastic results!” – Jackie

"They're easy to use, reasonably priced, and produces fantastic results!"  Watch the many videos we’ve created to assist you in using Liquid Gold in your home. Please excuse us while we enhance and update our YouTube Channel.

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Savings for Sanity @Mizvanilla review of Liquid Gold Wood Wash Concentrate

"I fully expected to have to go out and buy some expensive harsh chemical to actually get my floors clean enough to re-stain them, but now that I  have used Scott's Liquid Gold, I now have my go to cleaner for my floors and everything else."

“I fully expected to have to go out and buy some expensive harsh chemical to actually get my floors clean enough to re-stain them, but now that I have used Scott’s Liquid Gold, I now have my go to cleaner for my floors and everything else.” – Brie

Read about how Wood Wash is Non-toxic!

Closet of Free Samples @ashybaby87 review of Liquid Gold Wood Wash Ready-to-Use Spray

Closet of free Samples review of Ready-to-Use

“Best of all it actually CLEANED the area, not smudged it or made it greasy or anything; just clean! How awesome!”Ashley

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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.
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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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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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Recreating French Vintage

Hello fellow country vintage lovers! I’m here today to share some wonderful resources and ideas for recreating a French, country, and vintage piece for your home. Read

First, find something old, ugly or boring to work with! I came across this hideous magazine rack with a leopard print-like design at Goodwill, immediately knowing it was the perfect piece.

See hideous!Magazine Holder

After much sanding, it was still very “spotted” I chose a dark stain to re-stain two areas on the rack that I had intentions for a reverse stencil (find great instructions here). I didn’t want the spotting coming through but rather a nice, clean dark wood. This worked out well, the wood took to the stain great!

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Placing vinyl letters “READ” over the newly stained spots (I gave the stain 2-3hrs before placing vinyl letters and it needed more time but still worked for me), I then sprayed the rest with an off white spray paint.Read

Notice here – there’s nothing vintage about it, I wasn’t pleased. It looks nice and could have stayed as is. But I wanted vintage! This is when I found It’s Just Me Blog and followed her amazing guidelines for re-creating a French vintage appeal rather easily.

I created the rustic look (localized sanding and sporadic hammer marks) before creating the vintage “print” idea found on the blog. I would suggest doing this the other way around. If you make a mistake while doing the “print” it will be much easier to cover during the “create rustic” process.

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I also chose to create the French appeal in two locations, both being fairly small. I wouldn’t recommend this technique of “French vintage print” on anything smaller than this project here, the technique is amazing but indeed somewhat tedious with the smaller writings and lines. 

French Vintage

I chose to make the finished product a place for books rather than magazines. I love how the vintage and rustic turned out as well as the French lettering! The description on It’s Just Me Blog is fabulous and easy to follow. When you’re first reading through – it may sound lengthy but it’s quite simple once you get started.

Don’t forget the Liquid Gold once your project is complete and fully dry! Liquid Gold will ensure the preservative of your beautiful masterpiece!

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