Yesterday, we provided a little history on ceruse
; 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.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.How to Ceruse Wood
Cerusing wood is rather easy, considering how beautiful it turns out when you’re finished. Here’s what you’ll need:- electric sander- fine steel wool (#0000)- wire brush- shop rags- liming wax (aka modern-day ceruse)- stain (any color)1. Start by sanding the wood with your electric sander. If the wood has been treated, you'll need to strip it first.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.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.4. Apply the liming wax with one of your shop rags, and prepare to wipe off the excess.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.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.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.