Inching Along in a Faux Bois Kinda Way
I don’t have time right now to restore the entire upper stair hall, but wouldn’t it be ever so delightful to, at least, have this one wall looking’ good?
As part of the process? The wood trim around windows.
Unlike almost all the trim in the house, the trim around the triple-windows was painted and then repainted and then repainted and then repainted…and so on.
This is because these three windows were part of a big change to the house. While originally lighting the upper stair-hall, in 1929 a remodeling resulted in the triple windows lighting two kitchens. A later remodeling removed the double kitchens and changed the immediate area to a motel room (with the two right-most windows) and an adjacent pink bathroom (the left window). And the final coat of paint was black.
At some point, somebody took…
What you see above is, mostly, the original faux bois (false wood) finish, with areas of actual wood peeking through.
The lightness of the faux bois finish surprised me though. Surely the upper hall didn’t have trim so light?
To solve this mystery, I took a length of trim off an nearby door, which had never been over-painted, and…
So, I will simply have the faux artist recreate ALL the original finish on the triple window trim.
And, at this point in the restoration of the Cross House, in an 1894 house filled with damaged faux bois finishes, it is now obvious: I really really need to marry a faux bois artist. And treat them like a God.
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