Cerused Oak

Well, Happy New Year to you!  Those last couple of weeks of December always get me.  They are so wonderful but so, so busy.  🙂  I hope you rung in the New Year in a way that was fun and special for you.  Did you make any resolutions?  I typically don’t make any but this year I just sort of made some personal decisions and goals for myself to help make this year a great one for me with a good balance of hard work and self-care.  That’s really what I am striving for this year.

I have seen a trend lately in some interior design photos — and that is Cerused Oak (aka Limed Oak)!  Once I searched for it intentionally, so much popped up — furniture, cabinetry, flooring…

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Even walls!  How beautiful is this finish?  I am pretty in love with it.  This look is achieved by applying a wax on the wood that seeps into its porous surface and creates this stunning detail.

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I think I am most partial to seeing this finish in black.  It’s so glamorous!  This technique began back in the 16th century, but the wax chemical that was used to do this was really toxic.  Nowadays we are lucky and this can be DIY-ed with non-toxic waxes.  Because we’re cool and modern like that.

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How amazing is this Kelly Wearstler cerused table?  A subtle statement piece, but a statement nonetheless!

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After the 16th century popularity of cerused surfaces, it regained popularity during the Art Deco and midcentury modern periods.  Which brings us to today — when it is all over Pinterest, blogs, magazines, and many custom homes.

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