Eco-Friendly Standing Desk

Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer, or otherwise, is very bad for our health. For this reason, standing desks have become quite popular. But since standing for long periods of time also isn’t advisable, it is best to get a desk that can be either/or. One great choice is the CrossOver desk made by US company Next Desk. It is not only gorgeous, but also made from sustainable and recycled materials.

The CrossOver can be used on any existing desk, since it is just a small tabletop that can be placed on any level, sturdy surface. It only takes a couple of seconds to raise it to the desired height, since it is digitally controlled. That also means that it can easily and quickly be adjusted from a standing to a seated position, should you get tired in either.

The CrossOver is made from fast-growing bamboo and is formaldehyde and other solvents free. Bamboo is fast-growing and sustainable, and also forty percent harder and 2.5 times more dimensionally stable than oak, according to the manufacturer. As such, it provides a very stable working surface.

The frame of the CrossOver is made of recycled aluminum, which requires 95 percent less energy than creating new aluminum. The company also offers a downgraded version of the desk, which has a steel frame. The frame itself weighs 40 lbs (18 kg) and can support a weight of up to 100 lbs (45 kg). The desk is also easy to assemble.

As with most standing desks, the price tag is quite steep at $447, though the long-term benefits of better health that using a standing desk brings about do justify it. The price is for the recycled aluminum version, while a steel frame one costs $50 less. There is also the optional $50 extra of adding another work surface to the setup on which the keyboard and mouse can be placed. If you’re considering getting a standing desk, this one is well-worth looking at. It’s also quite portable, meaning you’re not tied down to just using one desk with it.

Gorgeous Lamps Made of Reclaimed Wood

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Wood has many uses, from providing heat, furniture and raw building materials, but now it has another one, namely providing illumination. Californian designer Paul Foeckler of Split Grain came up with a beautiful wooden lamp, which would look great in any home.

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The lamps he creates are made of reclaimed wood, so each is a unique creation just like no two pieces of wood are exactly the same. The process of creating a lamp begins with Paul foraging for the wood in the area where he lives. He collects branches and other larger pieces of wood from fallen or damaged trees, such as California Coastal Monterey Cypress and Ash.

The idea for the lamps came to Paul when he began considering that pieces of wood are actually too beautiful to just burn. The original exterior texture and shape of each piece of wood is already beautiful. But further experimentation led him to discover that different splitting techniques and sawing the pieces afterwards, created even more interesting grain patterns and formations. Through the repetition of slices, these qualities were revealed even further, and by illuminating them from within, the grain intricacies come into gorgeous prominence.

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After collecting the wood, he first cross-sections them until he gets pieces he’s satisfied with. To add the light bulb he first hollows out the piece of wood. He then adds aluminum, which acts as a heat sink. Next, the lamp is sanded down, followed by applying a layer of clear urethane for protection. Some of the lamps are then attached to metal posts, which act as supports for the lamps while enhancing their natural beauty. The process is finished by inserting a low-voltage, energy-efficient LED light bulb.

The creation process is quite labor intensive, and according to Paul it can take him up to 100 hours to create a single lamp. But the end result is certainly worth it!

Make Your Furniture Mock an Antique With These 7 Pro Tips!

Introduction: Distress Technique       

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In the earlier times, if furniture was distressed, it indicated that those were there for generations and majority of the paint had faded due to nicks by too many movements or rubbing by hands for years. Nowadays, the distressed look has emerged as a desired option as may believe that it adds to the style and character of various types of décor. Surprisingly, the techniques are quite simple. Let’s have a look at the most sought after techniques to distress your furniture.

  • Wet-distressing technique: This technique allows you to develop a ‘natural’ looking worn off effect.
  • Dry-distressing technique: This is ideal for using when you want to uncover the actual wood layer and using only one color.
  • The ‘Resist’ technique: This highly simple technique helps you give your furniture a chippy paint look.

Distressing technique using Vinegar

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If you want a rustic, beat up look of your furniture, using vinegar is a simple way to achieve the goal. First, dust off the furniture with a damp, clean cloth and then paint it with your preferred color. You can make a couple of coats based on the paint’s quality and the darkness of your furniture. When the paint has thoroughly dried, pour vinegar (either apple cider or distilled vinegar) and small amount of water in a spray bottle and spray it onto the piece. Withdraw some of the paint by wiping down the piece with a white, clean cloth and you’re done.

Distressing technique using Vaseline

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With some materials easily available at home like Vaseline, damp cloth, paint and brush, you can give your furniture the much sought-after aged look. Before you paint the final color, add a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) over the areas you want to have a natural worn look. You’ll need to apply a foundation coat either in stain or diverse color. Once you’re done with the painting, allow it to dry slightly and then rub over the desired areas with a damp cloth.

Distressing furniture with chalk paint

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For this distressing technique, you just need two main supplies – chalk paint and soft wax. Apply two coats of contrasting colors as the first and second coats. You can use a dark color as an undercoat and a light colored thinner coat, if you want the former to be visible after distressing the furniture. After the paint has dried, polish the finished areas with sandpaper. Now take the soft wax and start to apply it on the areas where you want it to be distressed. If you want to attain optimum amount of distressing, you can scuff the other areas as well.

Distressing technique using wax

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First, you’ll need some natural wax and dark paint and blend the paint into the wax. Then brush on with a rag or any type of brush. Remember to work in small areas and allow the wax not to get too dry. Rub the wax and quickly wipe off the excess part. If you want to remove more of the wax, try doing it with a clean cloth.

Distressing technique using paint

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In this technique, first you’ve to hand sand the piece to eliminate the sanding dust. Then cover the areas of the furniture that you don’t want to be painted. Apply primer, before doing the top coat of paint, and allow it to be completely dry and finally, paint your main color. If you want a glazing finish, you can use one of the many available things including acrylic paint, wood stain and faux finish glazes.

Distressing technique using sand paper

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This technique is just what it sounds. Depending on how antique you want your piece to look, you’ve to be careful with the sanding. Generally, you should sand away majority of areas leaving some untouched. This’ll allow the old finish to be viewed unevenly, which will enhance the weathered look of the final piece. Finally, clean the entire piece with a tack rag to eliminate any dust generated from the sanding process.

Conclusion

Distressed furniture provides an image of rustic, worn and rugged look. This look can add warmth and beauty to any home. Additionally, furniture with a sense of antiqueness and age works fine with almost any interior design scheme. All of the above techniques are quite simple and handy, which can be applied with some simple available-at-home supplies. What’s more! Most of distressing techniques are part of DIY projects so you don’t even need the help of professionals.

Author Bio
Nicholes Ammons is an editor and is working in Furniture industry for quite some time. He is currently associated with Austin Furniture Repair and is seen contributing on their blog too. Having worked in this field he has gathered enough experience and knowledge about the field and loves sharing it with others. His love for home interiors and writing has contributed well to make him an editor for the furniture world.

Stools Made from Recycled Seaweed

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It’s always great to see waste recycled as something unique and useful, and that’s exactly what this project involves. When Carolin Pertsch, a designer from Germany learned that tons of seaweed were being dumped into landfills each year, she sought out to find a way to offset this problem. What she came up with is this stylish stool, which would not look out of place in any apartment, house or cabin. It’s also the perfect size for use in tiny homes.

The main reason why so much seagrass ends up in landfills is the preparation of beaches in the summer for tourist season. So each year the sea grass is swept up and thrown away, even though it is a very usable material and could easily be recycled.

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To make the stools, Carolin first collected enough seaweed of the Zostera Marina (also called eelgrass and seawrack) variety. The next step was to clean it and sort it according to the different colors, which range from almost black to a light brown. She then shredded the seaweed, placed it into moulds and added bio-resin to create the seats of the stools, which is about half and inch (1 cm) thick. The bio-resin is made of all natural ingredients, such as starch, water, vegetable oil and vinegar, and works great as a sort of glue to hold the seaweed together.

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By separating the seaweed by color before shredding it, she can now supply the stool in three different shades. The texture of the finished seat is a lot like cork. Form the images it seems normal plywood is used to build the legs. No word on whether she plans on making other types of chairs or even tables in this way, but I imagine it would be quite simple to do with just the use of appropriate moulds.

Unique Recycled Stools

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Recycling is a must and finding new, and creative ways to do it is always welcome. One example of this is the Stool ZERO concept developed by the KaCaMa Design Lab of Hong Kong. It is a great example of how repurposing hard to recycle trash can lead to a beautiful piece of furniture, which anyone can put together.

Stool ZERO is a unique chair, which is made from discarded ventilator fans and scrap wire, two materials that can be easily found in landfills and local recycling centers worldwide. The fan cage is used as the base for the seat of this stool. The colorful plastic wire casings are then entwined together over this cage to create the finished stool. And even the copper from the wires, which is taken out prior to using the plastic wire casings to make the chair seat, is recycled or reused elsewhere.

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The threads of plastic wire casings provide ample cushioning to the seat, though I suppose additional cushioning can also be made from repurposed materials, such as old clothes, discarded foam and more. The wooden legs on this example look brand new, but the wood that goes into making this stool is probably the easiest to repurpose, as it is a very abundant material.

This is definitely a very nice looking piece of furniture, and a great example of what can be done with repurposed materials. I’m also pretty sure this design could be upscaled to make dining room chairs and even sofas. It’s also a very unique stool, which does not in any way show that it was actually made from trashed materials.