Before & After: Kristi Tries a New Technique: Cerusing

published Apr 21, 2014
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(Image credit: Kristi Linauer)

Well this is a new one on us! Kristie loved the shape and texture of this oak table but didn’t love the heavy-handed 90s orange-toned varnish, so she gathered up her courage and tried a technique called cerusing. Wait for it…

(Image credit: Kristi Linauer)

Cerusing is where the grain of the wood is opened up by scrubbing with a metal brush. Then the wood is stained and the grain is filled with a contrasting pigment (usually white). Oak and other hard woods are the best to ceruse.

Kristie says, “I love how it turned out! Not only has the ugly, outdated orange color been replaced with a nicer stain, but that dark, heavy grain now has such a light and modern look to it that really brings out the detail of the pretty wood veneer pattern. I painted the apron and the base in a solid white to complement the cerusing on the top.”

See the whole process at Addicted to Decorating.

Thank you Kristi!