I posted this pic a while back, showing how I hope the dining room will look once I am finished. The main art piece is the mural above the high dado. That will come later. The new colors of the room are fall-like and relate to the mural work.
I started experimenting with some finishes in the hallway: polyshades, varnish & stain combinations and stain & tung oil combinations. I believe that the one that looks most like the the back of the door was a satin finish polyshade called "Mission Oak".
You would think I had all my decisions made and I was ready to move forward, until last night. Last night I went to a remarkable event at Glessner House. If you are in Chicago and haven't been, you must go. It is a great house and possibly the most remarkable home in the city. In a place like Chicago, this is saying a lot. Anyway, they just completed their Parlor restoration and had a grand opening of the parlor and lecture on one of the designers of the room, William Pretyman. The lecture by John Waters was great and the room is breathtaking but the best part of the evening was meeting one of the restorers of the room. While explaining to him my own restoration project and mentioning that I was going to use Polyshades, the gentleman winced. I am guessing it is the same look that I give clients when they tell me that they want to use vinyl windows or siding. I guess this is clue number one that I should probably re-think my decision.
Until I can get more information on the finish, I will put that part on hold but will begin cleaning and prepping all of the wood areas. I will also finish the light. There will obviously much more to this story as I try and re-create the original wood color and finish.