Stripping and staining 100 y.o. unvarnished crown moulding
I recently purchased a 1928 home. The window casing and baseboards are beautifully stained (I think they may be fir). However, the 4″ crown moulding is painted…and I was hoping to have it stained, like the rest of the gorgeous trim.
So, I stripped a test patch….to see if the mouldings were originally finished with shellac (then painted). So, out comes the Silent paint stripper (which doesn’t work as well on such curved trim). Anyways, no shellac….it’s paint over raw wood…..so it was always painted (why I have NO idea).
I’m going to get a bit of stain tomorrow for a test patch, but does anyone have real life experience with this situation? Am I going to be able to get all the paint out of the grain such that I can stain/shellac the mouldings? If so, any recommended approaches?
I’m open to the possibility of sending it offsite to strip, particularly since all of the rooms are going to have a full paint treatment (so I can sand off any buildup)….it’s the re-installation that worries me.
PS…replacing is NOT an option and I know about the dangers of lead paint, so we can skip those discussions 🙂