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The ceruse, what’s that?

It is a very old decorative technique, and is intended to bring out the veins of the wood by digging them out superficially before filling them with a special white paste.

In the past, it was done with lead white, which was very harmful to health.The sale of this material is nowadays forbidden.Today, waxing is mainly carried out with regulated products that are not harmful and easy to use, these are the pastes and waxes to be waxed.And you can even get coloured waxes to polish and embellish your furniture, panelling and floors according to your tastes and desires. I bought a second-hand chair, let’s try iy ! 

Marking a piece of furniture: step by step

List of materials required for waxing :

Step One:First of all, whatever the age, condition or finish of the furniture to be polished (rough, waxed, etc.), it is essential to prepare it: sand it, strip it and dust it before anything else.The ceruse is done on a bare piece of furniture.

In order to make the polishing machine work better and to ensure that the veins come out well once the furniture has been polished, you can stain your furniture with a water-based stain specially designed for wood and let it dry.

With a pad or cloth, apply a good quantity of waxing paste until the desired colour effect appears.Proceed with circular movements and remove excess product with a clean, dry cloth.Then apply a white undercoat, maybe two.This way the background is well prepared.

Step Two:

Let the wax dry for the time indicated on the instructions (generally 24 to 48 hours minimum if it is a waxing paste and not a wax).Then sand the paint to limit brush marks.

Step Three:

Finally, sand the surface of the wood with extra fine steel wool, with movements perpendicular to the wood grain.In this way, you remove the ceruse from flat surfaces, leaving it in the hollows of the veins.Remove the dust, then apply a hard base and polish your furniture with a special cloth.It’s over!

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