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godwilgo

10:26AM | 12/20/04
Member Since: 12/19/04
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My house was built in 75'. The large family room has a fireplace with a brick wall on one side with a cathedral ceiling. The other three walls use very rough red cedar (I think) and stained with a dark walnut. Since sanding this wood would ruin its rustic appearance (and I have massive beams going up to the top stained in dark walnut) I wanted to know if I could lighten up this stain in a fairly uniformed way, would I have to use a chemical stripper and restain it, or should I listen to my professional brother/paint contractor and seal and paint it? I love the rough look to the wood, I want to be able to see its grain, but I need to get the walls lighter as long as there was no "white film" on the surface of the stain. I plan to use a fairly medium/dark hardwood floor. There are no windows in this room, so anything I can to brighten up its color would help. It would look like a tomb if I use a dark floor with black walnut walls, medium brown bricks and NO WINDOWS! I need advice.

tperez

05:31AM | 12/21/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts
The only real way to make this project lighter is to strip the old stain and restain the wood. Painting the wood a lighter color would definitely brighten the room, but for me that would be a last step. In this case however, due to the amount of wood to be treated. I think your brother might have the right idea even though I personally hate to paint rough wood. You can always enjoy the natural look of the beams.

Some recess can lighting can also lighten the room without distracting objects hanging from the ceiling. Just a thought. I hope this helps some.

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