Good for you! I am in the process of removing paint from my door frames and old doors in our 1836 Federal home, and personally do not like the ugly layers of enamel paint on everything. Seems like previous owners loved it and painted everything with many layers built up. It is a hard and tedious job removing it and sanding it and etc, but I know already it will be worth it! Wood grain is a beauty.
I , myself love the way old Pine looks, especially compared to several layers of ugly enamel paint!
Well back again!! I've been working on stripping paint off of the old "servants" stairs in our 106 year old home! What a chore I say! What I've uncovered after removing three coats of paint plus a really hard first tan colored layer is: beautifully grained yellow pine on the high "border" wood, on the handrails, newel posts, risers and possibly the balusters. The treads I believe to be oak. I've only removed carpet, old linoleum, old mastic and metal trim to hold the linoleum in off of two landings and two angle treads. That certainly is a smelly job getting off the mastic!!!!
My plan is to paint the balusters and risers and stain the rest. My question is how can I get the pine graining to show but match the oak treads??