The Cross House
Soooooooooooo…all along I thought I was dealing with a 120-year-old finish on my woodwork.
And I was fretting, big time, that maybe my refinishing was not, you know, right.
Yet in plain sight all along was proof that I was dead wrong about my finish assumptions.
ABOVE: What you are looking at was behind a radiator (which I had temporarily removed).
The image above reveals several most interesting things:
1) The original wallpaper from 1894. WAY cool.
2) The base molding unmistakably shows TWO finishes.
3) The dark finish, which I has assumed was from 1894 (and darkened with dirt and age), is clearly NOT the original finish.
4) The lighter finish, one might reasonably assume, IS the original finish. But note how the very bottom of the 1894 wallpaper has STAIN on it from the base molding finish. This mean that even the lighter finish was done AFTER the house was wallpapered in 1894.
Wild. I would never have guessed all this.
This means that I have ZERO idea of what my original finish was, and moreover that I should stop fretting, STAT.
So, the finish that I arrived at in my previous post (on the subject) is just fine, thank you.