So, I recently did a post about trying to ascertain the original colors of the 1894 Cross House kitchen, whereby I sent samples to Frank Welsh, who microscopically analyzed the samples I sent him. And—ta-da!—this is how the kitchen was finished in 1894! The wood trim was simply finished with an orange shellac, and the plaster was a pale orange/yellow color. Golly.
I had thought the wall color would be a pale taupe as this color is evident all though the kitchen. But, Frank knows his business. And well. So, what is the taupe color?
I sanded the taupe, thinking that under would be the pale orange/yellow. But, under was…plaster. And, you can see subtle evidence of the pale orange/yellow on TOP of the taupe.
So, what is the taupe?
It does not seem to be a paint layer. It is really thin, more akin to a stain.
I am going to ask Frank about this mystery color. What is it? Is it some kind of sealer for the plaster?