The Dining Room. And Why I Love Kymberly.
As y’all know, I have been struggling with the woodwork in the dining room.
In the whole house — save the dining room — the old, dark, depressing shellac is easily removed via denatured alcohol.
It’s all been quite vexing!
I have tried all manner of noxious liquids to remove the later finishes and while the mystery finishes do come off, the amount of time involved is terrifying and the results look…blotchy.
I have become so frustrated that I even uttered THE worst words which can be uttered about an old house: Maybe I should just paint all the woodwork.
I know. I know!
A few days ago however, Kymberly suggested this: “Ammonia. Barely diluted or even straight (with caution). Cuts through the mystery layers in our circa-1900 house. Hope this helps!”
Well, what did I have to lose?
I just discovered that the faux-graining in the Cross House was done by a Richard Hughes of Topeka. Oh, how I want to time-travel and have a long talk with him!
Well, my sense of doom regarding the dining room has now been replaced by hope and excitement.
Thank you, Kymberly! BIG hug!