Using leftover cedar I trimmed out the built in shelving in the bathroom. Above the door is the light switch for the track light. I used a piece of cypress above the door because it should handle the moisture of the shower without shrinking ,warping or splitting.
I decided to use cypress in the kitchen as well for the same shrink, warp, crack reasons as in the bathroom. I used a propane torch and charred the cypress boards. The Japanese use this technique on cedar and cypress to help prevent rot, water damage, etc. It seals the wood and even makes it fire resistant.
Above you can see the difference between the burnt and unburnt cypress in the kitchen and loft.