The Cross House
I have done several posts about the mystery of the dining room finish.
The room, like most of the rooms in the house, retains its original 1894 faux wood finish. But this is obscured by later finishes. In all the other rooms, the later finishes are shellac, which darkens over time. Luckily, shellac is easily removed with denatured alcohol.
But the later finishes in the dining room have proved…daunting. They are not shellac or even varnish, and removing them has proven highly, absurdly time consuming.
I still do not know what the later finishes are, and how to easily remove them. They do not really dissolve. Just constant, tedious rubbing with 0000 steel wool and denatured alcohol has, so far, been able to reveal the original finish. The later finishes do not dissolve but rather just gum up. So, run rub rub rub rub rub ugh ugh ugh. But this is WAY too laborious and I cringe in thinking of doing the many miles of trim in the room.
There has got to be an easier way.