Several readers were not happy, thinking that the original finish would never have been so, ah, blond. So, I did a post about the myth that All Old Houses Had Dark Trim. It’s good post; you might enjoy reading it.
Kenny and I discussed how strange faux bois (false wood) finishes are. Surely it was more expensive to paint wood to look like oak rather than just order actual oak?
I told Kenny that I had no idea why this was so common to the era. Was it simply fashionable? Did people enjoy bragging that their oak was a faux bois finish rather than lumber yard oak?
I’ve idea. So Kenny and I just stood in the room, appreciating the newly revealed fancy-pancy 1894 finish. And we smiled.
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