Refinishing wood trim...what am I doing here exactly..
The wood trim in my 1920's bungalow is a bit...worn ;) Let's just say the PO's did everything to it EXCEPT paint it - totally (well, in one room they actually did, but it could be worse!). However, in the meantime, they DID slop all manners of room paint on it, drilled holes through the beautiful high baseboards, and ripped random pieces out here and there :(
My goal is to restore it to it's former glory.
The house was built in 1927, a lakeside cottage that isn't fancy - very workmanlike. No frills! I am thinking the finish might be shellac, and the trim gumwood? How do I go about tackling this? I know I can take off the shellac with Denatured Alcohol (right?) but what colour would this shellac be? I am not even sure where to buy it - Home Depot's shellac comes in two colours and two colours only.
Here are some pics (forgive the move in boxes and terrible mess - these are from when we first took possession).