In the 16th century, the French invented a wood finishing technique the involved filling in the grain of oak beams, and oak paneling with a toxic paste derived from lead. This was initially done to help prevent rot in oak beams. Later, this special wood finish became known as ‘limed oak’. This technique soon became popular in the cabinet and furniture world due to its distinct beauty. Today, this stylish finish is still called limed oak throughout Europe, but here in the U.S. we call it “Cerused Wood” or “Cerused Oak.” What’s so great about this look? A cerused finish will highlight the contrast between the grain and the rest of the surface. Oak is the go-to choice for a cerused finish due to its characteristic open grain. However, other hardwoods like Ash, Walnut, and Teak can also be cerused.
Fritz Martin Cabinetry achieves this finish by using a wire brush in order to expose the grain and provide texture. After the wire brush is used, the wood is lightly sanded by hand. A sealer is applied, followed by the stain being rubbed on by hand. After the stain has dried, a glaze is worked into the exposed grain highlighting the woods character. Finally, a clear top coat is applied to add depth to the look and to preserve the finish over time.
Fritz Martin offers a fine selection of textured wood veneers, imported from Italy, that are truly exceptional, providing designers and home owners with that distinct contemporary look they desire. Fritz Martin can create that unique custom finish you are looking for by hand finishing your selected textured veneer to the exact color and highlight you choose.
All finishes are available with a super low luster 2.5 sheen flat finish top coat, all the way up to a super high buff 7 layer 100 sheen finish. This incredible range allows you to design without limitation, creating incredible contrast and completed homes that are chic and luxurious, making even the most sophisticated client’s jaw drop.