I decided (why I'm not quite sure now) to strip & refinish the 100+ year old woodwork in my house. It's been quite the job. When I started stripping it I discovered 12, yes 12 different colors of paint. Here's a few pics of the process...that I'm not quite done with.
Before with all of it's paint, varnish and layers of poly.
The crown molding, this stuff has been a nightmare!
Filled about a million holes, dents & dings. After staining the first piece, I was very unhappy with how it looked. The filler (which the guy at home depot assured me was the best and would stain great) did not even come close to what I wanted. So now I am faux-wood graining it. So it's come full circle back to painted
Second step in woodgraining (about 1/8 of the trim for one room)
A practice piece, 3rd step in graining, not dry & still have to do detail work with brushes