Lightening the dark stain on wood cieling
Thank you in advance for reading and any advice you can give.
We are purchasing a home that has a beautiful wood cieling and some wood walls. the cieling goes up into an inverted 'v' if that makes sense.
Someone at some point has stained it a very dark brown, and it makes the whole living room look dark. We want to stain it a lighter color but using a stripper or solvent to remove the old stain / varnish is going to be impossible on such a large scale.
We contacted a sandblaster and he didn't think sandblasting it off would be realistic.
We thought of painting over it but would lose the wood grain.
Have you any thoughts or suggestions of getting this wood to a lighter color? If it isnt really possible economically to do so, what color would you paint it? Gloss white?
The house was built in 1958.
thank you !