40's house

08:54AM | 01/17/04
Member Since: 01/16/04
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Help, we bought a wood frame house that was built in the 40's (we think) and has toung and groove pine wood walls. These walls (and floors, and ceiling) are coated with varnish that has turned a dark color over the years. I've tried many products to get the varnish off but the wood color looks permantly stained. I've tried sanding which helps a lot but I don't have the energy to sand every wall. Any recommendations? I want the house to be 'brighter' as now it's just dark and depressing. Is there anything we can do to the walls? I don't really want to paint them but looks like that may be the case, or end up covering with drywall. We bought the house because of the beauty of the wood but didn't think we'd have to keep the house so dark.


01:18PM | 01/17/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
It is pretty much impossible to do what you are trying to accomplish,this is a natural process that happens.
You could put a coat of semi-gloss varnish on the top of it,this will not give you a lighter color but will give it a healthy nice sheen,that when lights are on or sun comes in will shine a bit giving it a nicer reflextion or shine across the whole room.
A get alot of these in my business and get people commenting that the whole place has a warm glow now.


01:15PM | 01/29/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Pine naturally darkens with age.
You could replace it, sand it, paint it, cover it with panelling, wallpaper.
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