I don't want a museum or regrets!
We would really appreciate your suggestions!
This house is new to us (so new I haven't seen it but have a few photos). We're planning an addition to scrap/add to the kitchen/master bathroom which were done in the seventies. The original woodwork in the living sections has been largely untouched but we'd like to refresh things. Sifting through other posts, we've decided for our own personal safety not to paint it all white;) But we don't like the oranginess of much of the wood and feel the abundance darkens the house significantly. We bought an old marble mantle/fireplace (pictured below) from a friend to switch with the tall wood one, which while beautiful was felt to be too imposing/dark for the dining room. (but we may use it elsewhere/hang onto it). It seems likely that the wood has been shellacked (house about 100y old) and the GC has said something about tamarack but I'm not sure what he was referring to.
We're planning on refinishing the floors, tearing up carpet, tearing out recent built ins and repainting what's painted. We'll remove the existing wallpaper and may wallpaper the fireplace room with a white-on-white paper. The stained glass window in the stairwell should probably be replaced and to be honest we're not huge fans of it's current pattern...We also were considering removing the wood strip that runs part way up the wall along the stairs.
I assume if we want to reshellac the wood a darker or lighter color, we'll follow recent advice posted here, but we're really tempted to paint at least some of it white (on the staircase).
Any suggestions, ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated! We move in this summer:)
(this is the replacement fireplace)