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Ceruse Finishes: History & DIY (Part II)

Yesterday, we provided <a title="Ceruse Finishes: History &amp; DIY (Part I)" href="https://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/ceruse-finishes-history-diy-part-i" target="_blank">a little history on ceruse</a>; how it evolved from a fashionable cosmetic in the 16th century into a popular wood finish today. Now we’re going to explain how you can DIY that look at home.</br></br>Ceruse was brought to the mainstream in the Art Deco era that started in the 1920s with renowned designers Paul T. Frankl and Jean-Michel Frank, among others. Their methods helped fuel the modern design movement, which in turn has kept ceruse in vogue.</br></br><strong>How to Ceruse Wood </strong></br></br>Cerusing wood is rather easy, considering how beautiful it turns out when you’re finished. Here’s what you’ll need:</br></br>- electric sander</br>- fine steel wool (#0000)</br>- wire brush</br>- shop rags</br>- liming wax (aka modern-day ceruse)</br>- stain (any color)</br></br>1. Start by sanding the wood with your electric sander. If the wood has been treated, you'll need to strip it first.</br></br>2. Use the wire brush to open up the pores in the wood. Brush with the grain using stiff pressure; otherwise, you’ll scratch the wood.</br></br>3. Stain the wood, and allow the stain to dry for about six hours. A dark stain will let the ceruse pop more, but any stain will do, so choose what you like best.</br></br>4. Apply the liming wax with one of your shop rags, and prepare to wipe off the excess.</br></br>NOTE: Instead of liming wax, which is white, you can also make your own colored ceruse using thinned paint. Mix four parts paint to one part paint thinner for a homemade ceruse.</br></br>5. Remove the liming wax (or paint) with steel wool. You should do this almost immediately after applying a paint ceruse, while the liming wax may sit without harming the wood.</br></br>And, that’s it! Once complete, you may add a polish to protect the ceruse, though you need not worry about losing the look – a ceruse is as durable as it is easy to do.
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