We have recently purchased an 1895 home. We love the charm. However, we generally aren't huge fans of natural wood work (prefer traditional white), however we aren't going to be the first to paint. We currently have our floors, baseboards, windows and doors all the same color. We also don't care at all for the color. I believe it wasn't ever stained, and now has turned very yellowish/orange.
So I have two questions.
First, has anyone had any success staining over a varnish? I've heard of products that basically penetrate the varnish, and therefore basically causes the stain to look a much darker, browner color, but haven't been able to find it. Our goal will be to darken/brown the wood to a color we like more.
Secondly, we love moldings, chair rails, etc, but don't want to make the rooms seem too dark. Has anyone mixed dark floors, baseboards, doors and windows with white coffered ceilings, wall trim, etc?
A big obstacle to overcome, I know. Just looking for some help.