The original DIY Diva, Janice Anderson – founder of Home-Dzine and the DIY Divas, shares her DIY tips with us.


Restoring Wood Furniture – DIY Wood Tricks

Article by DIY Diva – Janice Anderson

Many have gone about restoring wood furniture using nothing more than Canola oil and vinegar. If you think about this process of restoring wood – the oil serves to nourish while the acetic acid in vinegar breaks down any wax or polish residue on the surface.

The only fault with this type of treatment is that vegetable oil goes rancid over time, whereas substituting with Mineral Oil, Danish, Teak, Tung or Walnut Oil will have a longer-lasting effect. What’s more is that these oils do not go rancid. Using Mineral oil is reasonably inexpensive and can be found at your local pharmacy.

DIY Diva - Restoring Wood Furniture

Before running the risk of ruining a piece of furniture, visit your local Builders Warehouse and ask for Plascon Woodcare Wax & Oil Remover. 100% biodegradable & VOC-free, this product is designed to easily remove built-up layers of wax & oils that lead to white rings on the surface of wooden furniture.

The water-based formula restores the natural beauty of wood without leaving behind any acidic residues or smelly after-effects. Apply liberally with a synthetic brush or roller and wait for the product to soften the coating on wood furniture.The coating should easily rinse off when ready.

DIY GUIDE: Restoring Wood Furniture with Plascon Woodcare Wax & Oil Remover

  • Restoring Wood Furniture with Plascon Woodcare Wax & Oil RemoverApply Plascon Woodcare Wax & Oil Remover over a piece of wood furniture and follow the instructions. Once rinsed off, allow the furniture to dry for inspection.
  • Cleaning off excess wax or polish will allow you to see how extensive the damage is and whether or not the surface needs to be sanded. Deep scratches or marks can be sanded with 120-grit sandpaper, and finer scratches with 180-grit sandpaper.
  • After sanding, wipe clean with a soft cloth lightly dampened with mineral turpentine and check to see if additional sanding needs to be done. If you sanded with 120-grit sandpaper, now you need to sand again with 180/240-grit.

Now you are ready to apply your choice of finish:

Restoring Wood Furniture with Wood Oil

If using a wood oil, pour into a rag and rub down the furniture. Have a clean rag handy to wipe again after 10 minutes. This removes any excess oil and also allows you to spot any dry spots. If the wood hasn’t been well looked after, it will probably soak up the oil immediately and you may need to apply an additional coat or two of oil until it no longer looks dry on the surface.

Restoring Wood Furniture with Antique Wax

After oiling a piece of wood furniture, I personally like to wait a few days and then apply a coat of antique wax. This aids in protecting the surface for longer and imparts a satin sheen that repels water. The only downside of both oil and wax is that they need to be applied regularly – as soon as the piece starts to look dry and dull.

Restoring Wood Furniture Using Varnish

Plascon have a range of Woodcare products suitable for interior use. A good-quality varnish is the best choice for wood furniture that is used often, such as coffee tables, side tables and dining room tables.

Restoring Wood Furniture Using VarnishPlascon Woodcare Water-based Varnish Interior is a premium-quality, non-drip varnish for interior use. The water-based formula means this product is easy to apply, quick-drying, and non-hazardous.

Plascon Woodcare Ultra Varnish is an excellent-quality, polyurethane varnish suitable for a wide range of interior woodwork applications. It can be applied to furniture, cupboards, skirtings, floors and counters.

You will find the full range of Plascon Woodcare products at your local Builders Warehouse.

This article originally appeared on Janice Anderson’s website Home-Dzine


Plascon Painting Tips for a Refreshed Home

Article by DIY Diva – Janice Anderson

Painting a room (or even an entire home) is still one of the simplest and most affordable home improvements you can do to change the look and feel of your living space. Plascon has a complete range of products that add value and refresh a home at the fraction of the cost of other home improvements.

Plascon Painting TipsPlascon Painting Tips:

With a few painting tips, tricks and techniques you can save even more money with DIY and still achieve professional results. Here are a few Plascon painting tips that you can make use of during your next DIY painting project.

*** More Plascon Painting Tips on our Tips Page! ***

Don’t Skip on Preparation:

Professional painters know that properly preparing their workspace is a key factor to achieving a good result. Prepare well and get organised before you start painting.

  • Gather all the tools and equipment you will need in one place.
  • Apply primer wherever necessary before putting the final colour on the wall.
  • Clean and rinse walls with Polycell Sugar Soap before applying a primer or top coat.
  • Plascon Multi-Surface Primer contains no lead, chromate, or other toxic ingredients.
  • Use a canvas dropcloth to cover flooring or carpets. Canvas is the better option as it won’t puncture or rip.
  • Make any necessary repairs, such as filling cracks, etc., well in advance, so these have time to dry thoroughly.
  • Make sure to cover and protect surfaces such as skirtings, woodwork and windows by taping off with masking tape.
  • The primer coat improves the adhesion of subsequent coats of paint to the specified surfaces, once they have been cleaned and primed.

Plascon Painting Tips: Pick the Right Paint for the Job:

The quality of the paint you choose directly affects how good the end result will be. For a good quality finish, it is important to select quality paint, which adheres better, gives a uniform finish and will last longer. Also, look at the latest colour trends and select a colour that will meet your style.

Plascon Double Velvet smallPlascon Double Velvet is a low odour, premium quality, interior velvet sheen wall coating that is highly washable and stain resistant. Plascon Double Velvet is ideal for bedrooms, passages and rooms where a hard-wearing, luxurious finish is required.

Apply to suitably primed new and old cement plaster walls, fibre board, ceiling board, gypsum plaster, metal and wood. Plascon Double Velvet is available in white and standard colours indicated on the colour card.

Plascon Velvaglo is a polyurethane enamel that cross-links to form a resilient protective barrier that is heat, steam, chip and stain resistant. It is an extremely tough premium quality paint that offers a protective and decorative finish for walls and trim work.

Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms paint is a matt paint that is formulated with silver technology that protects the paint film surface and inhibits the growth of micro-organisms.

Plascon Kitchens & Bathroom paint is ideal for kitchen and bathroom walls and ceilings where a hard-wearing finish is required. The product is available in white and pastel tint bases.

Plascon Painting Tips: Use Quality Paint Brushes & Rollers:

Generally, there are three types of paintbrushes:

  • Natural-hair bristles
  • Synthetic bristles (usually nylon or polyester)
  • Blend of natural hair and synthetic bristles

Traditionally, natural bristle brushes are preferred for use with solvent-based (oil-based) paints, especially for enamel or finish work. Natural bristles are hollow and can absorb the water contained in a acrylic paint, causing them to swell and become soft and limp.

Plascon Painting Tips: Choosing the right paintbrush

Plascon Painting Tips: Choosing the right paintbrush

Synthetic brushes work well with both acrylic and solvent-based paints, but always check the manufacturer’s recommendations on the brush.

Quality paint rollers hold more paint and allow for an even film thickness (levels the paint finish without shadows or valleys). Cheaper rollers often result in a number of coats having to be applied, which is costly and time consuming. A quality paint roller will also not shed lint on the painted surface.

The fabric on a paint roller is referred to as pile or nap. The nap type and length determines the finish, with the longer nap often leaving a pattern on the surface.

The choice of roller is dependent on the type of paint being used and the surface being painted. Solvent-based paints are generally applied with a short pile mohair roller onto smooth surfaces, while water-based paints are generally applied with sheepskin, blended synthetic or foam rollers.

Medium pile is used for semi rough and textured surfaces while long pile is used for rough surfaces. Foam is generally used for smooth and semi smooth surfaces.

*** See our Brushes & Rollers Page for a Complete DIY Guide! ***


Velour rollers – foam with a ‘light orange/pink’ membrane – are increasingly popular and result in a finish close to that of sprayed application, when using non drip polyurethanes/enamels like Plascon Velvaglo.

Plascon Painting Tips: Pay Attention to Detail:

Finish off your DIY painting project by painting skirtings, trims and ceilings. These are the crowning touch on any paint job and that’s why professional painters pay close attention to these details. It really helps to pull together the look of a room.

With the right paint and tools, you can save money by doing your own painting – and enjoy the pride and satisfaction of a job well done.

This article originally appeared on Janice Anderson’s website Home-Dzine

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    • Hi Lyn, thanks for getting in touch.

      For previously varnished wood (in poor condition): Remove old paint/varnish with Woodcare Coating Remover for Wood or by scraping and sanding. Sand wood in the direction of the grain to a smooth finish. Dust off and apply Plascon Wood Primer allowing 16 hours drying time. Finish with two coats of Plascon water-based Velvaglo – a premium quality satin finish non-drip water-based enamel for interior and exterior application. Used as a decorative and protective finish on interior and exterior primed woodwork, cement plaster, concrete or metal surfaces, ideal for furniture, doors and wall surfaces.


      For previously varnished wood (in good condition): Sand the varnish back to a matt finish and dust off. Should you sand back to bare wood, you will need to first prime bare areas with Plascon Wood Primer then apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat and allow it to dry for 16 hours. Finish with two coats of Plascon water-based Velvaglo a premium quality satin finish non-drip water-based enamel for interior and exterior application. Used as a decorative and protective finish on interior and exterior primed woodwork, cement plaster, concrete or metal surfaces – ideal for furniture, doors and wall surfaces. Ensure that the varnish is sanded to a matt finish.

  1. I recently painted my ceiling. After some heavy rains & a couple of leaks, me ceiling has yellow water stains. I have fixed up the leaks and am going to repaint, but what paint do I use to cover them completely and not reappear after I have painted?

    • Hi Portia, thank you for connecting with us.

      We would recommend that you first wash the ceilings with a Polycell Sugar Soap Powder Solution, rinse it thoroughly to remove all contaminants and traces of Sugar Soap, and ensure that the surface is clean, sound and dry. We do not have a product that was specifically designed to hide water marks however we normally recommend Plascon Universal Undercoat.

      Apply one coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat (UC 1) and allow it to dry for 16 hours, then check if the dark brown stain is still visible. If yes, apply another coat of Plascon Universal Undercoat also allowing it 16 hours to dry. Depending on how dark the mark is you might need more than two coats. Finish with two coats of your chosen topcoat.

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