UN-painting wood trim in a California Craftsman!?
This may be a really stupid question (but as you can see, my name is TOTALN00B for a reason!). I'm looking at some early Craftsmans in my area that were victims of 1980s decorating, and unfortunately they have all had EVERYTHING inside of them painted in a gazillion layers of the same shade of bright white, including door frames and any of the moulding and built-ins that still remain in them. What I'd really like to do, rather than re-paint things like door frames in a different color, is have the walls painted in an appropriately Craftsman shade of neutral green, and then strip the paint on wooden things like door frames to reveal the wood underneath...and then stain them to make the wood nice and warm and contrast-y. But I have no idea what type of wood is underneath all those thick layers of white paint lathered on between 1900 and now, and I'm not sure whether this is a good idea....? But I love the look of traditional Craftsmans with wood trim inside. They have such nice open floor plans and big windows that they can handle a darker paint shade and look perfectly cozy. Thanks for any advice! The houses I'm looking at are pretty hideous right now!!! (I'm also thinking of replacing carpets and vinyl tile in kitchen with one of the less expensive natural bamboo flooring options. Trying to do it all as "green" as I can afford).