Our house has high baseboards, picture rails, four fireplaces two with overmantles. Sliding wood doors into dining room and into living room, transoms over the doors thick molding.
At one time it was all painted and the previous owner stripped and varnished, but did a poor job. Little bits of paint left and lots of drips and some missed spots.
The mantles are oak, I don't find any of them or the wood very attractive ... I'm thinking about painting the wood (not that this would happen anytime soon, maybe not even in my lifetime. :) my question is do you think the wood was painted originally?