The apartment’s interior features a beautiful Jacobean ceiling, parquet oak floors, and floor-to-ceiling paneling of quarter-sawn oak. The paneled walls had probably been painted and left that way, until someone realized there was beautiful wood under the paint and chose to use a sandblaster. Sadly, that someone didn’t realize how much damage would result from using such a drastic method of paint removal. All the wood paneling now has a severely distressed grain which, even when stained and varnished, resembles fir plywood.
Since it can’t be sanded back to smooth, the best solution is returning the wall to a painted finish. Wood filler will help the badly damaged areas, but a good primer and finish coat in “off-white” will best restore the room’s period details.
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