Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

kled2008August 4, 2012

Hello! My husband and I are renovating a home with cherry wood floors. My favorite wood is antique, French oak, but we can not justify pulling up perfectly good cherry just because it's not my very first wood choice. My question is, can cheery be stripped and bleached, then waxed, to get a gray tone? Does anyone know this process or have photos of bleached/waxed cherry?

Many thanks for your thoughts and photos!

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HandyMac

Cherry is a wood that darkens naturally with age/exposure to sun.

I suppose there might be a way to ruin the cherry----which is essentially what you would have to do to get a totally unnatural color like that.

Not being judgemental, just realistic.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 7:05PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Cherry is one wood which is without fail _never_ going to resemble, in any respect, "antique French oak", whatever that is...
Casey

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 1:30PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Rip it out and donate it to Habitat for Humanity and then put in cheap oak and have at "processing" it however you might want. And take the hit for devaluing your home by picking something so inappropriate to it's style---unless it's a 1800's French farmhouse, that is.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 2:08PM
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lazy_gardens

Real cherry, or "Brazilian cherry"?

It could be done, but have you considered the cost and mess of sanding, bleaching and re-staining, then refinishing to get the currently fashionable "limed oak" or "ceruse" look?

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 3:19PM
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kled2008

Thanks for all of your thoughts...it is a French/European farmstyle home originally built in 1910 and has received several "unfortunate" additions...so bleached french/white oak would have been a better options. Just wish I had gotten to it before an expensive, but out of place, floor had been installed.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 4:30PM
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kled2008

And it is real cherry, not Brazilian...

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 6:50PM
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Gretchen Koeck

Hello, I realize these posts are from several years ago but was hoping for an update from kled2008? I'm wondering what you ended up doing and how it turned out?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2015 at 2:39PM
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