Use wax to restore furniture--when you just CAN'T bear the thought of all that stripping, sanding, restaining, finishing...
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House 2.0’s distinctive wood siding uses the traditional Japanese technique of burned wood, a natural way to preserve timber and (paradoxically) make it fire resistant. Chemical preservatives, paints, and retardants are thus unnecessary. A further plus is the silvery beauty of the charred finish.
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