1912 Craftsman

Jeff and Julie have an absolutely beautiful Craftsman home not far from the shore in Long Beach, CA. They embarked on the task of stripping decades of paint off the wainscoting and box ceiling panels of the dining room, and refinishing all that beautiful wood.

However, when the stripping was done, they discovered that many parts were damaged or missing. They hired a very competent carpenter to re-create and add to the original Douglas Fir panels and pieces, which he did, but then there was another problem — finding someone who could FINISH the wood… one who could integrate the old wood with the new and create a harmonious whole.

They went through many finishers, all of whom declined to try it (one of them said “You’re gonna need an artist for this one!”) before they found me.

The first picture shows the wood after much sanding. Julie wanted a rich brown color match with a certain picture frame but, alas, all the old damaged wood had been disposed of, thus I had no samples to experiment with. I would just have to experiment on the actual panels…

The first picture shows what I saw when I first looked at this project. Note the discrepancies between the original and replaced wood. Plus, as any experienced finisher will tell you, old and new wood (especially soft wood like Doug Fir) will tend to take stain in radically different ways. This project was going to require some interesting strategies!