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4 Safe Green Ways to Refinish Reclaimed Furniture
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On June 8, 2009 @ 3:37 am In Eco Decorating, Green Living | 22 Comments
Wood is a renewable resource, especially when it comes from responsibly managed forests . And there’s another way to help the planet when purchasing wood furniture  — one that can also help your budget: buying used!
If you think about it, flea markets are green markets, and I can’t help but get that pat-myself-on-the-back feeling of satisfaction when I give a piece of furniture a second chance at life.
I had one of these flea market shopping highs a few weeks ago, when I found a solid wood cabinet that would work perfectly as a TV stand. (We had been hunting for a toddler-proof one for months!) It’s not going to win any design awards, but it has a classic look that makes it easy to match our other furniture , plus a phenomenal price tag: $40. Much cheaper than anything I was looking at new, and with a lot more character. All it needed was a few hours of elbow grease and some white paint.
With garage sale season now in full swing, here’s how to take wood furniture from trash to treasure while stepping lightly on the planet.
Flea market finds are an open invitation to be creative, so have fun shopping!
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 responsibly managed forests: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/5TipsonBuyingEarth-FriendlyWoodFurnitureandLumber.html
 purchasing wood furniture: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/5-things-to-look-for-in-eco-friendly-outdoor-furniture/
 furniture: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/living-space/furniture.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod
 SOYGel: http://www.franmar.com/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=114
 Citrus Solvent: http://www.gaiam.com/product/citra-solv.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod
 Milk paint: http://www.milkpaint.com/
 BioShield wood stains: http://www.bioshieldpaint.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=293
 VOC: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/4WaystoReduceVOCsInYourHome.html
 Buying Guide to Nontoxic Paint + DIY Milk Paint Recipe: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/healthy-paint-tips/
 Get Your Home Mojo Working: Tips & Inspiration to Use Bold Color: http://blog.gaiam.com../blog/home-mojo-tips-inspiration-to-use-bold-color/
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