05:07AM | 05/20/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
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I'd really like some feedback on this topic. My home was built in 1903 and I've owned it for 7 years. It's no Victorian castle but it was built with some nice features. The woodwork- lovely mouldings, fireplace mantles and beamed ceilings- was quite obviously all originally a very dark mahogany stain. I think the wood is really pine, it's certainly not mahogany or oak. The thing is, before I got my hands on the place about half of the woodwork had been painted over- off white, of course. It looks quite nice, but the inconsistency from room to room is really frustrating. A few years back I set out to strip all the painted woodwork, but could not get it to match up well with the original. Besides the fact that it was a nightmarish and disgusting experience. So, is there a place in hell for me if I paint the rest of the woodwork? There was a time when I thought there would be for sure, but now I just can't say.


02:31PM | 05/20/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
If their is a way to bring a nice piece of wood to like hirshfields or such to have them match up the stain,is the best way but you have alreday tried to stain the wood and got it all different shades now,so if possible (good luck) bring a piece of each wood to the local paint place and pick the color you want and see if they can match it up.
Example if you got the different colors you need the 3 pieces of wood you got it on and bring it in then pick one color out of what you got then they will match up 3 different colors for the 3 different wood colors and applied to it's assinged wood may come out close to being the same color.
It is not impossible,I have stained homes that are 30 years old in some parts,20 in another,and brand new & the home owner wants it all to match.So I gotta bring in 3 pieces from each year and they tint the stain accordingly to each piece.I get 3 different colors of stain each one goes to it's own board when applied they all look the same color.
It is up to the paint stores to match it for you,don't try going by color chips big mistake.


02:34PM | 05/27/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
In alot of these old houses the trim was grained or as we say now faux finished to make common wood look like expensive wood. It is very hard to match this type finish and the best your are going to do with regular stain is get close as the wood of today is not what it was 100 years ago. You may be able to find some one that does faux finishing to do your woodwork if satin does not work.
Oh there is no place in hell for thoes that paint old woodwork and if you like it painted to heck with what others think, as it is your house anyway.
Hope this helps out.


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