DIY Technique: How to make new wood look old with vinegar [Part 2]

Hi guys, well this is the second part of the DIY process where we were talking about how to make a new wood look old. You can get the task done by using vinegar too. Vinegar has been used for many purposes, including cooking and other household work.

Starting with the chemical composition, vinegar has almost 20% of acetic acid in it, along with water and trace amount of other chemicals. It helps with weight loss and is found to be effective in dealing with the diabetic condition as well.

How to make new wood look old with vinegar [Part 2]

Comparing both the methods; one with the baking soda and the other one using the vinegar – the former one gets the job done quickly while the vinegar DIY is a lengthy one. Time-Consuming as well, but still you could make the new wood look old even with the help of Vinegar.

Items required for the DIY- Vinegar, Steel Wool, one Jar, Sandpaper, Tea bags, Large Pot for making the tea solution.

How to make new wood look old with vinegar

Secondly, if you have got the Vinegar by your side, you will have to get a steel wool for the second DIY:

Step 1 

First, you have to create a vinegar and wool stain to get started. Have you tried mixing a steel wool and vinegar? Have you seen what actually happens with the steel wool? If you haven’t tried this yet, then you will have to perform this for this DIY process.

Wool will start dissolving with time when it starts reacting with the vinegar solution. Take a palm-sized steel wool in a jar. After this, pour a cup of vinegar on the wool. This solution should be kept as it is for about 72 hours. More the sitting duration, darker the solution will turn into.

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Step 2

The second step is to set the wood for the job. You have to make sure that the wood surface is fine and smooth for the task. Take a sandpaper, and start removing all the unwanted portion of the wood. It is important that you carry out this process as then only the vinegar+wool solution will be set properly on the wood.

If the amount of the stains are high on the wood piece, then you can make use of a palm sander in this case.

Step 3

After you are done with the sanding and finishing, you have to work with the tea solution. Take a large pot of water and then let it boil for a minute. After this, you have to add 5 black tea bags inside this boiling water. Thereafter, turn off the heat and let the tea steep into the water for about 15 minutes.

As you apply the tea solution on the wood, it won’t darken the wood as you may think. But it will give you a dark shade when the vinegar gets into the picture.

steel wool and vinegar

Step 4

Now its time to apply the vinegar and steel wool mix on the wood. This should be applied to the tea solution that was applied in the previous step. Apply long strokes through the wood lines, and apply it evenly on the wooden surface. After the solution is evenly applied to the surface, let the stain dry completely. Now if you want to get a darker shade on the wood, apply a second coating on the wood.

Step 5

If there is any excess wool on the wood, then get a rag and do the necessary cleaning. For this, you have to first immerse the rag in a cool water. Then take up the rag from the water, and remove the excess water from the rag. Simply rub the cloth on the surface, and remove out all the excess wool stain present on the surface.

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Step 6

This is the final step of the DIY process, where you have to apply the paste wax on the wood. This is just like any other protective layer for the wood surface. Follow the usage instructions as given on the package of the wax.

Comparing both the processes, the baking soda is a quick and effective solution. The vinegar process is a lengthy one and is also time-consuming compared to the other DIY method.

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DIY Technique: How to make new wood look old with Baking Soda [Part 1]

Baking soda, or the Sodium Bicarbonate has got a number of benefits. They help with neutralizing both the acids as well as alkaline compounds. I did some research on baking soda, and their uses – I was in total surprise!

You can actually turn your new wood look old with the help of this magic product. In this DIY post, I will be sharing you the complete step-by-step guide on how to get this job done with baking soda.

How to make new wood look old with Baking Soda [Part 1]

If you have got some baking soda at your home, then you can get the ‘turn new wood look old’ job done easily. This is a beginner’s guide, so will be explaining all the steps in detail for you. Shall we get started?

How to make new wood look old with Baking Soda

First, we will check out the Baking Soda method, and here’s how you have to do the task:

Step 1 

Take a bucket, and fill it with warm water. Now take a cup of baking soda completely filled in it, and pour it into the bucket. Mix this solution really well using a wooden spoon, till the entire soda has not dissolved in the water properly.

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Step 2

In the next step, you will need a brush for applying the solution onto the wood. Dip the brush completely into the solution, and then remove the excess liquid from the brush by shaking the brush. Now apply this dipped brush evenly on the wood surface. Place the wood in a sunny spot, and let the wood get dried entirely.

clean the wood surface

Step 3

After the coating gets dried, take up a clean cloth and wipe the surface of the wood. This part is important, as you have to remove out all the wood residues left on it. Immerse the cloth in the cold water, and then squeeze out all the excess water from it. Rub the cloth against the surface, until you get a smooth surface. Again wait for sometime till the wood gets dried completely.

This is how you can get a dusky and old look on a new piece of wood with the help of Baking Soda. Now we will check out on how to do this same result with the Vinegar solution.

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Is a Water Softener for Shower Worth the Money?

One of the common water problems, Hard Water, is being rightly dealt these days. This is made possible with the invention of water softeners. They help in reducing the hard minerals in the water and replace them with the sodium or potassium ions.

There are two ways in which you can benefit from it – either by installing softener for a particular plumbing unit or get the Whole House Water Softener for your home.

Is a Water Softener for Shower Worth the Money?

Water Softener for Shower Worth the Money

Hard water comes with many problems, where one issue generates some other issue.

We are aware of the fact that such kind of water is safe for drinking purpose, and does not cause any health problem. But it is found that hard water damages the skin and hair texture drastically.

The water simply leaves some amount of minerals on whichever surface it is passed through. If you are using showerheads, then you can get one Water Softener for it.

It does the same work as an ordinary softener, just that it is designed specifically for the Shower Heads only.

Within some days usage, you will find improvement in the skin and hair condition. But is it all worth the investment? We will find out.

Working Explained 

We genuinely feel that these shower head softeners arrive at a decent price considering the working.

Water Softeners for the shower heads come in the form of a showerhead. These softeners have inbuilt water filters too which are replaceable ones. So, you can purchase one softener component, and get the filters replaced as per the need.

Filters make use of activated carbon for the filtering work or any other element for easy filtering through the water supply. This helps in filtering out the minerals thus keeping your hair and skin healthy. It also helps in keeping shower head free from mineral buildup.

This is how a shower softener does it’s work, providing you with ‘n’ number of benefits.

Are the Water Softeners for Shower costly? 

This type of softener is not much costly as you may imagine. You can find many quality shower softener at a cost less than $100. Here the only cost incurred is for the filter replacements. Just make sure that you replace them time to time, as they mainly work in handling the water minerals.

The filter cartridge lasts for a period of 3 to 6 months. If you have got many water showers at home, then installing softeners for each of them still remains a feasible option. The only maintenance expense is relating to the inbuilt filters.

There is no comparison between a Shower Softener and a Whole House Softener system! 

Shower Softener and a Whole House

Comparing both the whole house softener and a Shower Softener is completely pointless.

How can one compare the unit used for just a shower head and another unit which can work for all plumbing!

By installing one shower head softener doesn’t resolve all your hard water issues. If you wish to get a single solution for all the faucets, then you can go for the Whole House Softening setup.

Shower Head softener only deals with the Shower Heads and provides other related benefits.

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How to Train a Cat to Use a Litter Box

You have brought a new Kitty at home, so it is your duty to check on all the necessary things needed for it. Made a new house, bought cat food, and even clothes! But amidst all this, you are forgetting one essential product, and that is Litter Box.

Well, you may find it less important, but it is something which is equally vital like other cat basics. Keeping your home as well as surrounding clean is a must for healthy you and pet! This is made possible using a Litter Box only.

How to Train a Cat to Use a Litter Box

You have made up your mind to buy a Litter Box and got one too. Getting started with it is not as easy as it may seem to you. By the end of the article, you will surely be aware of all the Training tips.

How to Train a Cat to Use a Litter Box

While many of you will ask the question, whether a Litter Box is compulsory or not? The answer is no. Still, it will help in keeping your home clean as well as incorporate good litter habits in your cat. In any manner, these boxes haven’t done any harm to anyone yet. So why not give a try?

Some Litter Box Basics

Do not expect your cat to use a Litter Box which is not cleaned regularly. The cat will not ever prefer using the box if the litter smells of urine. Just for example, when your cat litters on your carpet or floor, what do you do? You will clean the place asap.

Thus, the cat will always feel to do the litter in clean place only. Therefore, maintain cleanliness within the litter box if you wish them to litter within the box only. Cleaning must be done at least once in a week. Also, rinse the litter box with water.

For reducing the odor, you can add vinegar or lime juice. Strictly avoid the use of ammonia – this will worsen the smell.

Place the Litter Box at the right Location

Cats prefer quiet and silent places while they do the litter business. So avoid placing the box in loud surroundings, and also place where there is a frequent movement of the people. Keep the litter box away from all kinds of buzzing units for example; washing machine.

Make sure that your kitty is not disturbed or threatened by any other pet like a dog or another cat. This will badly affect the litter usage, and chances are they will litter outside the box.

This is even harmful to the dog too, as they might get ill on consumption of any cat litter. So you need to keep a close check on all the elements which bothers your cat during the litter use.

Do's and Don'ts during Litter Box Training

Some Do’s and Don’ts during Litter Box Training

One of the most important Do is to maintain the Litter Box clean. If your cat has pooped inside the litter, clean it the same day. Wash with water and soap at least once in a week. You should go through reviews on luuup litter box as they are the bests. Cats are very particular about using fresh litter only, so do not underestimate them in this case.

Do not make use of perfume and cover up the Cat’s litter smell. This will work as a strong repellent.

The final point to note is to search for a litter type which is liked by your cat. This is the toughest job, but don’t lose your hope and keep the search on. After many trial and error, you will find the right one for your kitty. You can consider buying Litter-Robot III Open Air automatic self-cleaning litter box, which is popular and best for your cats.

Don’t forget to reward your Kitty

It is important to know your kitty’s litter time. Because only then you will be able to award your cat for using the litter box. There are some cats which urinate after they wake up, while some urinate just after having food. So you have to set the timings and remember your cat’s schedule.

If you feed your cat at regular time interval, then they will do the business at the regular time only. Call your kitty for a play session, feed them after a while. Then again call in for a play session, during this time make sure that you carry your kitty in the places which have litter box around.

This will give your kitty an idea that it is the time to do the litter work.

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