American Cherry Wood has very interesting properties. It darkens as soon as it is in contact with light.
Any finishing product makes it instantly dark and reveals interesting contrasts. We tried a dozen of products on prototypes and the most stunning was a real Shellac (see picture). It is a natural product, dries very fast and the color is wonderful.
8. We decided not to install knobs on the doors. IKEA push buttons work perfectly and allowed us to keep our design very clean.
Additional insights from our cherry wood closet:
Cut adjacent doors in the same panel for a perfect match
Choose your panels by yourself (insist to the salesperson)
Buy panels that are from the same production batch: for two consecutive panels in the pile, the pattern should match!
Never leave cherry exposed to light before you finished them as the color will change very fast (a few hours) and your panels won’t match anymore.
Our others wood furnitures were not made from cherry. The MinWax dye company has a color called “Cherry” that gives regular wood the color you get when you apply a clear coat to cherry.
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