Making my dark walnut stain a little lighter
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.