Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: Davis, California
Removing "shadows" from pine shiplap walls?
Hey everyone, I'm new to these forums, and I've got (what I hope to be) a simple question.
I've just recently moved into a small cottage-style building and all of the walls are pine shiplap. It's real shiplap, not the faux stuff that everyone on pinterest is doing nowadays. Anyways, I don't know anything about the history of the building or what it was used for before. I'm attempting to get the place feeling more like a home, rather than a shed, and the shiplap needs a little work. It appears that the previous owners had photos/paintings/mirrors hanging on the walls and they've left "shadows" on the walls. Kind of like when you go into a house that people smoked inside of for years and you can see where the pictures used to hang on the walls.
Does anyone have a recommendation as to how I can "erase" these? Will going over the walls with a rough grit on my random orbit sander give me a good chance at erasing these outlines? I'd ideally like to keep the shiplap unpainted and, once it's cleaned up, give it a few coats of "natural" color danish oil to enhance the wood but also give it a little more depth and luster. I'm trying to avoid having to just paint everything white.