To Shellac or Not
Ok, here's my situation....
I have a ton (!) of awesome wood detail in my home, including molding, pocket doors and mantels. If I was going to live here forever, I'd take my time to restore it the proper way (don't even know what that it is). However, I'm putting the house on the market by Spring and it has gone down in value since I purchased.
So, I'm looking for a quick and easy option. That looks nice!
I tested everything with denatured alcohol and it all seems to be shellac. Old shellac that has blistered or bubbled (?) in areas. I was hoping the alcohol or a fresh coat of shellac would melt this, but nothing happens unless I use steel wool with alcohol, taking it down to the wood.
Is that what I have to do? Take it down to the wood? There are other areas with scratches and chips as well. If that's the case, I'm open to poly or lacquer.
Last tidbit before you respond....I HATE the gloss finish!! Whatever I do, I'll have to flatten it out.
Thanks for your help!