The color of cypress wood varies depending on the type of cypress used and whether it was treated or unfinished. Because cypress wood is often light, yellowish-brown, it’s difficult to tell whether it’s finished.
Finished cypress is often a light cream or light tan and can even be off-white. Unfinished cypress is darker, with a black base and lighter tops.
Although cypress is available in a variety of finishes, the color you’ll see on your piece will be the same regardless of the wood’s finish. As you sand or stain it, however, the
color will start to look lighter or darker.