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Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

Posted by kled2008 (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 4, 12 at 17:56

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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RE: Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

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.


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RE: Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

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


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RE: Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

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.


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RE: Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

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?


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RE: Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

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.


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RE: Bleaching/waxing cherry floors

And it is real cherry, not Brazilian...


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