When I purchased the Cross House in 2014, all the interior wood was dark. Dark. Depressing dark.
In 2015, I accidentally discovered that most of the wood in the house had a faux wood finish, buried under later layers of shellac (shellac darkens over time). By removing the shellac, MUCH lighter surfaces were revealed.
Since 2105, I have consistently discovered the same throughout the house: original pale faux wood finishes obscured by old shellac.
Some readers, also consistently, decry my stripping off the later shellac, as they do not believe that any of the wood in the house was ever so light.
But the physical evidence consistently confirms my approach.