Monday, July 24, 2017

DIY Limed Oak Faux Finish with paint ~ Cerused Oak

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I  don't know about you guys, but I had a fantastic weekend, the husband got a 
surprise class cancellation on Thursday and was able to high tail it home that night and we got to spend a much needed weekend together, just hanging out, 
eating good eats and working on projects around the house!
Of course it goes by way too fast and you're left wondering where the weekend went and how can it be time to leave on Sunday already?

But, I took advantage of Sunday evening and decided to put together my blog post for my recipe on how to fake Cerused Oak, Limed Oak... Pickled wood... whatever people call it these days:)

DIY Faux Finish with paint Limed Oak



So what is Cerused or Limed wood...
well here's what I found...

Dating back to the 16th century, ceruse was a white lead derivative used as a cosmetic by luminaries such as Queen Elizabeth I. Highly toxic on human skin, it found favor with cabinetmakers, who used the paste to fill the porous open grain of oak planks.

Oh my, what we ladies won't do for some enhanced looks.... 
crazy...

Anywho, it's an old technique... like real old and unfortunately, I think it's safe to say we don't all have gorgeous unfinished oak lying around our homes waiting to be limed... so I'm going to show you how I create it, with nothing more than house paint and you can use any 
colors you like and really customize the look.

Sound Good?

Here's the supplies you need..
3 colors or paint I used Behr and Valspar
Valspar Glaze
Wood Rocker Tool ( You can get from Lowes)

"Lime Wax"
ASCP in Pure White
ASCP Clear Wax


So here is the before, I cleaned the doors and took off the lock I had up top.


This I gave them a light sanding with my orbital power sander.
I then dusted off and re-cleaned once more.


I put my first base coat on with just a regular paint brush. I didn't do it perfectly, 
The color I chose ( I can't remember the actual color) but it had a rose tint to it. I wanted my doors to have a very soft pastel feel, with warm rose undertones to them.


Once that was dry, I started to add my second color.
I used a grey color and mixed it with the Valspar Glaze. The glaze just allows it some drying time and thins the paint a bit where it's not so opaque.

Now this is where you will use the wood rocker. I just put a mixture of paint/glaze in a few sporadic areas.. I didn't want the grey all over. So, take the wood rocker and gently drag it down the glaze mixture, and rock it back and forth to create a pattern of "knots and grain".  
If you mess up, keep a wet rag handy and just wipe it off and start over. 
It's really simple and if you decide you don't want alot of "knots" and you want more grain,
 just tilt the rocker back and drag down in one continuous motion.


Once that dried, I added my highlight. 
I chose mine to be not much lighter then the base color because I wanted it to be very subtle. 
But if  you want drastic, you could do a lighter paint and or white.

Again, I just rubbed on the half paint to half glaze mixture and then took the wood rocker and rocked it back and forth to create a grain pattern over the grey grain.

Cerused Oak wood DIY

Once I was happy with my "grain" I lightly dry brushed over all of the doors with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Pure White to give it a grainy, linen type texture to it.
This also helps to blend in areas that can't be reached with the wood graining tool.


Once that dried I mixed up some clear wax and pure white and 
I added it to the crevices and details of the doors.

Cerused Oak

When you are happy with it and it's dried, seal with a Polyacrylic, you can get it from Home Depot or Lowes. Remember, Polyacrylic will not yellow, but polyurethane will.


 When you are all done, step back and admire your work.


Cerused Oak

I have used this technique on furniture, my kitchen island, my dining table etc..
I just change the paint colors to achieve a whole different look.

Cerused Oak with Paint

I love how much lighter and more airy the atmosphere is.
The black doors, which I loved at first, but they were just too much and really competed with the stained entertainment center. Now I feel like everything flows better.

Faux Finish



This is such a simple and easy way to create any type of "grained wood" effect... you could use more traditional wood colors and create a "stained" wood.
I love that the possibilities are endless.

So what do you think?
Do you love it... or not so much?

Let me know and have a fantastic day!
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