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!
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.
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.
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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".This message has been edited. Last edited by: cocok,
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.
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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.
"I have always had an aversion to the concepts of in style and out of style." ~Rose Tarlow
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.