See the gray threshold? You can see how, in the summer of 2014, I started painting it green (over to the right). Then I abruptly stopped when a thought occurred to me: What is under this horrid gray paint? But I did not have the answer…till today.
I slopped on paint stripper. Then walked away to work on another project. With paint stripper, time is a vital tool.
An hour later I returned. Oooooooh! Bubbles!
I took a dull scraper and dragged it across the gray. And was ASTONISHED to find gorgeous oak! Well, I expected oak actually but did not expect to find it under a single coat of paint! I had anticipated layers and layers of baked on old paint.
Minutes later I had this! Tomorrow I plan to finish the stripping, and then coat the oak in Spar varnish. Oh, the vestibule floor is explained here.