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Apr 05, 2013, 09:35 AM
Is weathered wood a passing trend?
I have never paid much attention to the "weathered wood" look but caught the end of Income Property last night and he used it on kitchen cabinets. Lowers weathered and uppers white. He also refinished the wood floors in that look. It was beautiful!

Is this still popular or a passing trend?

Looked somewhat like this.....

Apr 05, 2013, 09:46 AM
as expensive as the logs and barns they are made from, i doubt it...i wouldn't want a entire room done, but touches like the island are charming...
Apr 05, 2013, 03:44 PM
I think the way it's being used right now as a trend, probably yes. But I think if used right it can stand the test of time in ones decor.
Apr 05, 2013, 06:19 PM
Beau's Rose
Passing trend? It seems to be about options and being able to choose different finishes.

Looks like EA has recently added a new finish in that style. It grows on you after a while.

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Apr 05, 2013, 08:04 PM
I think there have always been folks who love the "driftwood" look. To me, this would especially go well with nautical and beach styled homes.
Apr 05, 2013, 08:16 PM
I agree with Indexlady -- it's fine in small doses for a beach house, but no way would I ever consider it otherwise.
Apr 05, 2013, 10:48 PM
It is like everything else. If you like it, it is not a trend. If you don't like it, it is a trend.
Apr 06, 2013, 01:33 AM
It seems like there is a sine wave that rolls up and down. People discover what was charming about something that wasn't mass produced and then mass produce it. People discover high end finishes and then emulate them. Driftwood and reclaimed wood have unique character, and people who live in boxes that look the same as every other box on the street want to have something unique. Natural materials, weathered by sandblasting to advance age, can do that for less.
Apr 06, 2013, 10:53 AM
Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

It seems like I usually see a whole room of it or nothing. Has anyone seen 1 piece mixed with another look?

Apr 06, 2013, 12:02 PM
Charles D
Personally I think "cerused" finishes to be todays "pickled" finish. If however, a cerused piece of furniture looks like it came from the 50's, the last time these finishes were popular, then the piece becomes more of a time capsule of a specific style from a different era. Then in ten years it says "vintage" rather than "dated".

I have recently painted several traditional pieces bright white. I know in ten years it's going to look dated, and I'll have to redo them.
Apr 06, 2013, 12:13 PM
I think that everything is in some way a passing trend. There is an ebb and flow to style. Things are more popular and then they turn less popular. There is just no escaping that.

But the more "hot" a look is, the more it is "all the rage", in every magazine, everyone is doing it, every store is carrying it, every catalog is full of it, the quicker it is going to go "out".

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Apr 06, 2013, 05:53 PM
I've always been inclined to have a few pieces of weathered / reclaimed / wormwood / distressed / driftwood / knotty / antiqued (depends on the decade) in my house, because already-beat-up furniture hides wear so well.
Apr 07, 2013, 11:53 AM
Thanks for your thoughts. I had to look up "cerused". Smile I have found a few looks with it mixed with "cottage white" but that is about it. Guess I will stick to the small driftwood .

Apr 07, 2013, 12:39 PM
Originally posted by annie17:
Guess I will stick to the small driftwood accessories

Me too, Annie! While I like the look of weathered wood I would not do large pieces or an entire room in this style. I have a few barnwood mirror and picture frames but I'm not getting more of this style. A few decorative accessories suit my traditional/cottage/country/casual style but too much would be too much for me.

I think the weathered wood furniture goes very nicely with the grey tones that have been popular recently but I'm sure something new will replace it in popularity as grey becomes less trendy.


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Apr 07, 2013, 12:50 PM
Hi Lucky!!

I used to follow a blogger from Prince Edward Island. I just love this diy candle holder she made.....

Apr 07, 2013, 01:10 PM
I really like that driftwood candle holder!

Would you post the link to the blog please?


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Apr 07, 2013, 01:13 PM
It's OK, Annie, I found it by clicking on the pic!

Seems she is no longer an active blogger but I look forward to checking out her posts anyhow.


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Apr 07, 2013, 01:13 PM
She hasn't blogged this year but there are alot of fun things on her blog!

Apr 07, 2013, 03:10 PM
Lisa Ann
We are seeing a lot of the primitive/country type stuff here using old wood. I love some of it especially those items that are old antiques. I have a few pieces made with old barn wood that my dh got from his homeplace from and old rough house. I love those...a shelf and a shadow box made for arrow heads. Have some old tables his grandfather made that are on my porch. They were made of old scrap woods to begin with and are at least 100 years old. They are completely original. Love them.

I also love old drift wood for the outside. We haven't gotten to landscape our new house but my plan is to use some driftwood in some areas.

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