Saturday, April 13, 2013

Removing White Heat Spots from Wood - The end table

Friday I posted about how to remove a white heat mark from a wooden table.

My old end table has a ugly oval shaped heat scorch from a vaporizer. 10 years ago my infant daughter was sick and I wasn't thinking when I put the vaporizer on a towel on top of the table. In minutes my table was damaged. Since then a lamp has been strategically covering the mark.

I plan to get new tables soon, but my sister-in-law already took the matching coffee table and is waiting for me to fork over the end tables. I am happy I will be able to give her these tables in good condition and without the eyesore scorch mark.

I followed the same process as I did for my diningroom table. High heat steam iron. Use a thick unpatterned dishtowel or wash cloth folded in half to cover mark. Lightly iron the towel for a few seconds at a time until spot fades. Apply oil and rub in good. Repeat as needed.

This spot is bad so my final result today is still a barely visible mark. I will hit it again in a few days, I want the oil to condition what I have done so far before I attempt getting the rest of it out.  It's really deep and I do not want to chance damaging the table from over doing this on my first attempt.

This is amazing and I am thrilled I found this solution on a message board on the internet.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Removing White Heat Spots from Wood


My daughter decided to eat a steaming hot bowl of soup on my diningroom table last weekend and did not put a trivet under the bowl (she is only 10 and didn't know). The result was 2 white heat scorch marks. I think I about passed out when I saw the 2 rings.

I had to figure out how to get the marks out. I read to use mayo on the spots....didn't work. I also saw that you mixed mayo with firepit ashes and apply the paste to the spots... but my firepit is under water (we're in the rainy season here in OH). Another thing I read was to get a krazy kloth from Linen N Things but I have not had time to get there and I don't want to waste money on a chance. Last I read that you apply a steaming iron on a wash cloth covering the spot and it will pull the spot out and then you rub in wood oil. Ding ding ding.. it was worth a shot.

First make sure you have water in your iron and turn it up to the high steam setting. Second find a thick wash cloth or dishtowel that does not have any pattern in it. Third have a second clean rag and wood oil on hand, I used Old English.

I folded my dish towel in half and covered the 2 rings. I gently applied the iron to the towel and iron in the area of the spots, I was afraid of holding it in place and did this for a few seconds at a time. This immediately started to pull the white rings out. I then rubbed some oil on the spots. I have to admit it looked like it came out and I took a picture, but in the picture I still could see the rings so I did the iron application again and rubbed more oil on the table. This removed the rings!

I also have an end table that has a really bad heat scorched spot from where I put a vaporizer on the table on a towel and it steamed the table underneath an ugly white color. It's been scorched for 10 years and I didn't know how to fix it. It will be my little project tomorrow and I will post my results.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Daniel's Fast

In December, I decided to change my way of eating for the purposes of being healthier. I did not want to wait until January to do it as a resolution because I did not want to lessen my reasoning for the change. My first resource was reading Alicia Silverstone's book A Kind Diet. This book was a great resource and it opened my eyes to things I had not considered while eating a meat based diet. I made the decision to change how I approach eating and nutrition for myself.

Change has been slow and for a reason, I did not want to go full out and overwhelm myself or my family. Cutting meat was my first priority and I weaned myself in about 1 week. I do want to add in though that before I read A Kind Diet that I had already decided to change to a vegetarian diet and the book was a reference but I got so much from it that solidified my decision and it changed my outlook on how to buy meat and dairy products for my family. I have been struggling to eliminate dairy and eggs just being honest most good foods and treats have both in them but my consumption has dropped to very little or none in the past 4 months. Ridding sweets from my everyday diet has been my challenge and I struggle with it more than anything else.

On Easter my good friend Jen was telling me about the Daniel Fast  which is basically a vegan diet done for 21 days. I researched it and it can be broken down 2 ways first 10 days will allow for ONLY water, veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds, tofu, and herbs and spices. The 21 days gets stricter by eliminating wine, all leavened breads, and all sweetners (including honey). This is considered a partial fast and his based on the book of Daniel in the Bible. You can do only the 21 days or the full 31 days just depends on each person.

Jen and I are in agreement to do the fast together ya know cuz warm weather is just around the corner here in Ohio. I think the change is easier on me in many ways because I have not had meat in 4 months, really don't eat eggs, and take in very  little dairy the big struggle is no soda and no processed junk food. Poor Jen has to completely overhaul her entire diet. I think this will jumpstart the remaining changes that I need to make to my diet and look forward to the next several weeks. I look forward to sharing our experience with you.