Working on a rather dreary stairwell and hallway in a two-decker in Portland. These are the before pictures. The owners put some drywall on the ceiling and patched the plaster walls with some drywall pieces. Our job is to finish the repairs, stabilize the plaster a bit further, and put new paint on walls, ceiling and trim. The trim appears to be the old fashioned Carolina Pine that was used in a lot of houses around here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's covered with brown shellac. It would look very nice if we could scrub off the old shellac and put on some new--the grain
would show well, but sanding out every bit of the old stain would be extremely time-intensive, so we are sanding and painting it. The floors will be refinished by a local flooring contractor. All in all, I am looking forward to seeing the fresh new look for this tired old stairwell!