Renew 1920's woodwork

lsohNovember 24, 2009

I purchased a 1920's home. Original windows and trim. The wood finish has naturally blackened with age. No problem there. But some areas are dull. It looks like the entire finish is gone in other areas. It would take years to strip and refinish. Any suggestions on how to freshen up this wood work? I'm not expecting perfection, just hoping for improvement.

Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bobismyuncle

There is a high probability that a 1920's home was finished with shellac (unless refinished or more finished added over the years). Clean first with Dawn and water. Shellac is easy to re-amalgamate with denatured alcohol, then apply a fresh coat of shellac (I recommend buying a can of Zinsser Seal-Coat).

There is a possibility it has a varnish on it. Denatured alcohol will not dissolve it, but will help clean it a bit. You could also use the shellac over the varnish.

Here is a link that might be useful: Follow this link to >Classroom > shellac > repairing shellac

    Bookmark   November 25, 2009 at 1:56PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Finally mounted upper kitchen cabinet to sloped wall!
I finally got my cabinets installed. In particular,...
stripedbass
Gel stain on stair treads and handrail?
I have read many of the inspirational posts in the...
amt782
Refinishing oak furniture
I fell in love with a very large (11 feet long) piece...
kjreif
Refinishing bedroom furniture
Hi everyone! Need advise please. We refinished a computer...
glittergirl_tx
Planing weathered/near rotted lumber?
I was just curious if it's OK to run some old, very...
fireweed22
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™