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

    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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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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Thanks for all of your is a French/European farmstyle home originally built in 1910 and has received several "unfortunate" 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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And it is real cherry, not Brazilian...

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 6:50PM
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