HOW TO CERUSE
Erin gave new life to her grandfather’s honey oak side table with this grain whitening technique.
Step 1 Remove the existing paint or stain from the furniture by applying wood stripper with a disposable foam brush. (Wear gloves and work in a wellventilated area.) Allow stripper to penetrate the surface for the amount of time recommended by the product instructions.
Use a plastic scraper to remove the old finish, pulling in the direction of the wood grain. After finish is removed, use a cloth to wipe off any excess residue, and allow to dry.
Step 2 Scrub with a brass-bristle brush (A) in the direction of the grain. This helps open the wood’s pores for the liming wax.
Step 3 Stain the wood in your desired color (B). Use a cloth to generously wipe gel stain onto the surface. Allow the stain to penetrate for about 15 minutes, or according to the stain’s instructions. Next, use a clean cloth to wipe off excess stain. Allow to dry four to six hours. Repeat the staining process one or two more times until desired color is achieved.
Step 4 Sparingly apply liming wax with a clean cloth in the opposite direction of the wood grain (C), working the wax into the wood’s pores. Allow to set for five minutes. Then use a clean cloth to buff off the excess wax across the grain. The liming wax should stay trapped in the wood grain, highlighting the dynamic oak, right.