I ran into the people who owned my home before the PO from whom I bought the house (they were 2 owners ago). I have been so curious about some things, so it was a real treat to run into them (don't you love small towns?). I asked them if the trim work of my 1914 home was painted when they owned it. They said,"no" (YEAH!!!!!), "We painted it" (Uggghhhh, like a knife in my heart!) They said it was "ugly wood, chestnut or something". So I have paint stripper working on the kitchen doorway that leads to the basement right now... hehehe. Can't wait! Think I'll use shellack (amber) to blend in some of the graininess of the wood. Any hints or tips for shellack? I've never used it before.