Revealing a Colorful Past
Recently, I did a post about trying to ascertain the original colors of the 1894 Cross House kitchen, whereby I sent samples to Frank Welsh, who I have previously worked with.
Today, Frank sent me the results!
So, the wood trim in the kitchen simply had an orange shellac finish.
The plaster was painted…
Oh. Oh! OH!
I’m so excited to learn this after six years of pondering.
The trim really surprised me as it seemed like it was all painted a nutmeg-kinda color, as this color is evident in all the service areas where the many paint layers are chipped. But no!
Frank wrote: “Our analyses and color evaluation disclose that both samples exhibit good paint layer evidence. There are 14 layers of paint on the samples. The first layer on the trim is a clear coat finish which our micro-solubility test confirms is orange shellac. This is a typical treatment for wood trim in the late 1800’s. The first layer on the plaster from the walls is a Pale Orange Yellow, matte finish, lead-based, oil paint that we matched to Sherwin Williams color #SW-0028. The subsequent layers of paint above these original finishes are described below. In addition, we photographed the layer structure in both samples and present these two cross section photomicrographs so that you can observe the original layers and also the range of colors that have been applied over time.”
I just love this kind of stuff! It is also amazing to see 126-years of color history revealed!
After receiving Frank’s email, I immediately called Sherwin Williams to order a quart of 0028 in an oil-base eggshell (they don’t have a matt finish in oil base). So, soon, soon, I will paint a section of wall in the original color, and an adjacent section of trim in orange shellac. I have every intention of these being the finishes of the kitchen when I get the room restored.
I am breathless with excitement.
Oh, and I have to wonder about:
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