The Cross House

Magically Making Molding Magnifique

(Please ignore distorted colors.) Almost all the trim in the Cross House retains its original 1894 faux wood finish. And most of this, luckily, looks pretty good (once the many layers of old shellac are removed). But the base molding looks kinda grim. Then an idea popped into my head. What if I…


…put a coat of amber-colored shellac over it? The results? ZOUNDS!


I cannot ever recall a more Presto! improvement. One coat, which dried very quickly, and I was done.

The base looks fabulous! I am so excited!

Tonight, when I go to bed, I think I will use some amber shellac as a face moisturizer…


12 Responses to Magically Making Molding Magnifique

  1. The base molding looks fabulous!

    And I’m sure you’ll look just as fabulous when you’re shellacked. Or maybe well-preserved.

  2. Darling….Shellac might be a bit much, but have you considered food grade flax seed oil? Seriously. Personally, I use olive oil, but if you’re going for that fine grained look…flax seed oil is the way to go!

  3. You’ve mentioned previously that various rooms have different faux wood grain treatments on the trim. When I saw it up close, the Cross House parlor trim really struck a note with me, but I could not think of the wood species that it reminded me of. Later I realized that it struck me as butternut (aka white walnut), a wood not so commonly recognized today, but I’ve seen used on antique furniture and it is quite distinctive in terms of color and grain, which is much more subtle than most wood grain patterns of other species.

  4. Looking great so far Ross.

    My concern is that you may awake looking a tad Oompah Loompah-ish ? Hopefully not, but in case you do, a few hours exfoliation with fine grade wire wool, and you’ll be fine. To think people pay for tanning bed treatment and facelifts when the answer lay in shellac or varnish!

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