Every year I have written a post about kitchens. One year I wrote about all-white kitchens. Last year I wrote about Greige (grey/beige) kitchens, and this year I’m writing about my new love, cerused French oak kitchens!
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Cerused means that the oak floor/cabinet has lime or wax applied into the grain of the wood to give it a little depth and contrast. I totally love how soft it makes the cabinets look.
What I like about this picture is that you can see the lime or wax in the grain of the cabinets.
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This one below has a little less obvious limed oak, but is definitely the blonde French White Oak!
This kitchen below hits all of the right notes… open shelves, aged wooden beams, white marble countertops, cerused oak cabinets…
According to this article, the cerused oak look came from the 1940s from the French designer Jean-Michel Frank. The trend has come out of high-end furniture sales at auction from the late 2000’s… This cabinet which sold at Christies for 40k is considered one of the main inspirational pieces for this trend…
I just wanted to show you that this is not a *new* trend… here is an 18th century Belgian cabinet with the cerused oak. Granted, it has probably had a new finish applied from it’s original. Isn’t it beautiful?
One reason the two furniture pieces above, while both cerused, look different is because of the cuts of the oak. The Jean-Michel cabinet is made from rift-sawn oak, whereas the 18th century Belgian cabinet is made from plain sawn oak.
Below you can see an image showing you how you can cut the oak and get different views of the grains. Can you guess which one is the least and then most expensive? If you guessed plain sawn as the cheapest, you are right! The rift sawn is the most expensive and is currently considered the most desirable… naturally it’s the one I like best! I’m always picking out the most expensive everything even when I have no idea about the product!
Here are two more furniture examples, both from Restoration Hardware with the cerused oak. They called it “Aged oak” or “Grey Oak” but it’s the same thing.
This cabinet below is from the new RH Modern collection… Although I prefer the antique looking cabinet above!
Back to the kitchen tour, This is one of my favorite kitchens. Very stylish with the steel windows! Although, dark floors are going “out”, but I still think they look pretty!
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A more contemporary version, at first I thought the hood of the stove was a big screen tv!
Here is an example of a whitewashed white oak examples with grey undertones. It still has cerused wood. I like this look too.
Here is a very contemporary cerused black oak kitchen. I actually don’t hate this black kitchen. Normally I hate black kitchens and really modern kitchens but the limed look softens it a bit.
A trendy kitchen complete with the now in-style brass fixtures! I still can’t believe brass is back in style… and the fact that I like it. I think it’s because the brass is aged and not shiny from the 80s.
This one also has some grey undertones. You can really notice that these cabinets are rift sawn.
Here the island is a cerused French white oak… The very tight grout lines of the tile below are also tres chic.
The kitchen below hits all of the trends. Let’s review them, shall we? Steel windows. French oak plank floors AND ceiling. Waterfall effect island of white marble. Farmhouse sink. Cerused oak cabinets. Did we miss anything? Oh, no over-the-counter shelves.
Now, I love this kitchen from Brooke Gianetti. She used a custom French white oak cabinet with a custom stain. I can’t tell if its cerused or not – I think it is. Like the farmhouse sink, chandeliers over the island, wood beam ceiling, overmudded backsplash behind the stove, wide French oak plan floors, and dare I say, I even like the brass fixtures!
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Now, I think the cabinet below is more whitewashed than cerused, but it’s just another example.
This kitchen from Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen does have greige cabinets on the sides, but the island is a cerused oak!
A more modern take on the look…
I like this kitchen below. Cerused cabinets in the way back with whitewashed cabinets in the front with travertine floors.
A contemporary cerused look. I like that the cerused cabinets make even harsh contemporary looks soften up a bit.
Here is a kitchen designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, from the beloved Million Dollar Decorators (RIP) show. He used the white oak back in 2013, ahead of the times! That fish wallpaper is by DeGournay!
Are you liking this trend?
I have loved this kitchen for a long time. Windows on both sides of the stove bring in light. Two little chandeliers above the giant island. Greige/whitewashed cabinets in the back with cerused oak on the island. Overmudded limestone wall on the back. Aged wooden beams above. Travertine floors. I think I would want my kitchen to look like this.
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The kitchen below mixes two styles – cerused cabinets and greige island cabinets.
Well, what do you think of this trend?? Is it a breathe of fresh air or does it remind you too much of your Grandma’s cabinets from the mid-century?
I want you all to tell me which one is your favorite in the comments – I put numbers below all of the pictures to make it easy for you! I’m really quite curious. I think my favorite is #27.
Sources for the pictures are listed below it.
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