How to Seal Chalk Paint?

October 21st, 2014

We get a lot of calls about chalk paints, usually from people who want to know which products are best for finishing chalk paint or sealing it. Although we don’t sell the paints themselves, we do stock the products to finish them. So we thought it’d be a good idea write about chalk paints, how […]

About Osmo Wood Finishes

October 14th, 2014

We recently took a look at which wood finishing brands our customers search for most. Osmo is one of the most popular brands. In fact their products are so popular we thought it’d be useful to take a look at Osmo, who they are, what they do and how they do it. As it turns out, the company […]

Brilliant Wood Finishes for Kitchens

October 10th, 2014

Think wood finishing products and most people visualise projects like decking and flooring. But did you know you can also buy wood finishes specially designed for kitchenware and wooden tables? It means you can keep your wood bowls, chopping boards and kitchen table in top condition as well as having perfect wooden floors and beautiful […]

Why Paint Strippers Often Fail

September 26th, 2014

Have you had problems with paint stripper? If so you’re not alone. People are having all sorts of issues with paint removing products, through no fault of their own. So we thought it’d be useful to look at why they don’t always work, and why household name paint stripping brands like Nitro-Mors once had such a good […]

Wood Flooring Varnish Repair

September 18th, 2014

Quality floor varnishes for wooden floors provide great all-round protection in terms or wear and durability. When looked after properly by cleaning and maintaining with dedicated products designed specifically for varnished floors, a wood varnish finish can last for many years. On the other hand while extremely tough, wooden floor varnishes aren’t indestructible. Luckily there’s plenty you can do […]

Interior Wooden Doors – Top Tips on Care and Maintenance

September 15th, 2014

Interior wooden doors have a hard time of things. They have to put up with everyday knocks, bumps, shoe scuffs, greasy hand prints, dirt from passing pets and more, every day of the year, and they’re still expected to look good. If you’ve bought a set of lovely new interior wood doors, or are thinking about renovating your […]

Which Applicator Do I Use For My Wood Finish Project?

September 9th, 2014

All you have to do is check out our wood finishing tools and accessories department to see just how many different types of applicator there are to choose from. And we sell a vast array of wood finishing products. So how do you know which applicators to use for which wood finishes? We thought it’d be […]

Oak Floor Maintenance – Top Tips for a Stunning Finish

September 2nd, 2014

Oak floors are hugely popular, no surprise when the wood is so beautiful, durable and easy to work with. This week we thought it’d be useful to take a look at oak floor maintenance, exploring how to tackle warped boards, fill gaps, finish and re-finish your oak wood floor to gleaming perfection. How to maintain an oak floor […]

Is Your Wood Ready for the Ravages of Winter?

August 29th, 2014

Autumn seems to have come early this year in Britain, with much of August windy, wet and gloomy. Is your wood ready for winter? We thought now was a good time to look at why you should protect and preserve your wood from the coming season’s ravages… including cracks, blistering, peeling, rotting, flaking and warping. Exterior Wood Preservative – Why […]

What are Wood Oils and Where are They Best Used?

August 28th, 2014

There’s a lot of confusion about how, when and where to use wood oils. It’s no surprise really, when there are so many to choose from: teak oil, tung oil finish, Danish oil, oak furniture oil and many more, some of which are specifically designed for certain types of wood. Oil for oak furniture, for example. […]

Wood Floor Maintenance Guide – Part 2

August 13th, 2014

In Part 1 of our Wood Floor Sanding and maintenance guide we talk about floor preperation and sanding techniques to achieve the perfect blank canvas for your floor finish, be it varnished or oiled. In part two, we’re looking at the maintenance side of things, the stuff you need to do once you’ve sanded, sealed […]

The History of English Oak – A Very British Wood

August 13th, 2014

The ancient oak forests of old England hold a special place in our hearts. Some would even go as far as to say that  say that England was built on oak. The Christmas Yule Log was originally an oak log decorated with mistletoe and holly. Our ancestors carried acorns for good luck, and to ward off illness. The ancient Greeks, Romans, […]

The Fine Art of Sanding – Wood Floor Sanding Guide Part 1

August 4th, 2014

You’re the proud owner of a beautiful wooden floor, whether it’s a gorgeous old parquet masterpiece or something contemporary, perhaps in glorious solid oak. The great thing about wood floors is you can sand them down when they get scuffed, stained and grubby, bringing the beauty of the grain and the depth of colour back to life so it […]

How to Use Interior and Exterior Wood Filler

July 22nd, 2014

You could throw away your old wooden furniture and fixings. Or you could mend it. These days, as the reclaiming, recycling and repurposing revolution rumbles on and our throw-away culture dies a long-deserved death, more and more people are prepared to make do and mend than throw something perfectly good away just because it’s damaged, […]

51 Weird and Wonderful Facts About Wood

July 14th, 2014

Wood must be one of humanity’s oldest natural resources. It has helped keep us safe, comfortable and warm for millions of years. But trees graced our beautiful blue planet long before our ancestors were a twinkle in the universe’s eye. Imagine a world with absolutely no human-generated noise, mess or disruption, just endless seas of gently-waving trees and plants as far as […]

Confused? Everything You Need to Know About Softwoods and Hardwoods

July 8th, 2014

Most decent pieces of furniture are made of solid wood. The type of wood used is what gives the piece its personality and beauty as well as solidity and strength. If you’re into woodwork, or you fancy giving it a go, you’ll find this post interesting… we thought it’d be handy to take a look at a […]

Decorating with Colour – What You Need to Know

July 2nd, 2014

We’ve already looked at using innovative, exciting products like wood stain colours and decking stain colours to give wooden surfaces a boost, creating effects that are much more visually interesting than ordinary decorative finishes. But what about taking things a step further and bringing even more colour into your home? Using colour with confidence First, why focus on colour? Because minimalism […]

Exterior doors – What Does Your Front Door Say About You?

June 23rd, 2014

Wooden exterior doors need some form of outdoor wood protection to prevent them getting hopelessly tatty, which can happen reasonably quickly if left unchecked, especially when they’re exposed to winter weather or full-on summer sun. A lack of exterior wood treatment on wooden doors can eventually lead to warping and bowing, which could affect the fit of the door resulting in drafts and potentially […]

Product Spotlight – Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Finish

June 20th, 2014

A question we often get asked at Wood Finishes Direct is ‘What product can be used on interior wood that is both food safe and child safe?’. Although there are a number of products that fit this category, a popular choice is Fiddes Hard Wax Oil, available in both clear and coloured (pigmented) versions. Made […]

Wood Colours – When Is Medium Oak Not Medium Oak?

June 17th, 2014

When looking to colour real wood flooring, wood veneers, furniture, decking or for that matter, any sort of interior or exterior wood, getting the right colour is always an important factor. From rich teak to medium oak, stripped pine to mahogany, there are an amazing array of wood stains, wood waxes, coloured varnishes and wood […]

The Art of Aging Guitars – How to Achieve the Road Worn Look

June 13th, 2014

Do you play guitar, or do you just love the instrument? If so, have you come across the trend for custom guitars? It’s often called ‘relicing guitars’, and it’s a hot topic that’s been fascinating guitar owners, players, collectors and lovers for a number of years. Directly in line with the current fashion for shabby chic interior […]

Black Wood Finishes – Sophisticated Decor Inside and Out

June 6th, 2014

There’s much more to décor than plain white. How about its diametric and dramatic opposite, black? It’s a simple way to achieve stunning, contemporary and highly unusual effects and it’s bang on trend. The shabby chic look can be dark as well as light, and the effects can be absolutely breathtaking. As with any wood finishing project, it’s […]

How to Shabby Chic Furniture for a Stunning Contemporary Look

June 2nd, 2014

Not so long ago interior decoration was all about chilly, bleak minimalism. It suited the times, born of a pre-recession zeitgeist where everyone and his dog were investing in property, wealth was king and money seemed to flow like water. Then came the credit crunch and the banking crisis… and everything changed. Minimalist hotel-style décor took a few post-recession years […]

Beautiful White Wood Finishes for Dreamy Interiors

May 22nd, 2014

White finishes on real wooden floors, furniture, kitchen worktops and other wooden surfaces have become much more popular in recent years. It’s no surprise when, done right, the effect is so clean-looking, bright, attractive and contemporary. It’s also a brilliant way to achieve today’s hugely fashionable shabby chic interior décor look, which has blown the long […]

Knackered Kitchen Worktops and Cupboards? Here’s How to Maintain Them

May 20th, 2014

If your kitchen is anything like most people’s it’ll be a busy, bustling place full of action and fun, food preparation, pets and children. Over their lifetime kitchen units come in for a proper bashing, and wood kitchen surfaces are some of the most vulnerable as well as the most beautiful. Here’s how to maintain your wooden kitchen units and worktops, […]

Odd, Weird and Wonderful Wood Finishes News

May 13th, 2014

It’s amazing how often subjects like wood finishes, wood preservative and wood varnish appear in the news. We’ve grabbed a handful of the most strange, weird and wonderful wood finishing and related stories for you. Here goes. Enjoy the ride. I bet you never realised wood maintenance was so interesting! Fascinating wood maintenance facts Fancy a stunning […]

Wood Preservation – Getting Your Garden Shed Shipshape

April 30th, 2014

How’s your garden shed looking? The spring sunshine is wonderful, but it tends to highlight winter damage and show up the tatty bits. It’s time to get your shed shipshape for what we’re hoping will be a long, hot summer. You need wood preservative… and you need it now! Is your shed dying for wood […]

Your Wooden Garden Furniture Can Outlive You – Here’s How

April 30th, 2014

As long as you buy good quality pieces in the first place and treat them with plenty of TLC, wooden garden furniture can last a lifetime. Get adequately obsessive about wood maintenance and it might even outlast you. After all Henry the Eighth’s splendid warship, Mary Rose, was made from wood and she lasted for […]

Decking Oils, Stains and Treatments: Part 3 – Application & Protection

April 15th, 2014

How to apply decking oils, stains and treatments? In part 2 of our complete decking guide we covered some of the common problems that affect decked areas and gave some handy tips and remedies to help you get it right. In part three, the final part of our decking guide, we look at how to […]

Wooden Decking Stains, Treatments & Oils : Part 2 – Problems & Cures

April 11th, 2014

Following on from part 1 of our decking guide, part 2 talks about some of the more common problems that can affect decking maintenance. We also take a look at the various types of decking treatments on the market and the differences between them. Common garden decking problems Wood blackening happens when fungus forms on the […]