Nancy and Richard Everett bought their Bernal Heights home in 2000, and it had been owned by just two families previously. The original owners built it in 1908; the Italian family had moved to Bernal Heights after the earthquake, upon noticing that no homes in that neighborhood fell down during the earthquake.
Luckily, not much of the paneling or moldings had been painted over, and as you can see from the many photographs of the home in our Flickr set, it was a lot of work to turn (or return) the home to its current / past glory, but less than it could have been, had previous owners not been sensitive to these types of details.
The wonderful detail in the fir paneling and other details throughout the home were one of the selling points for the Everetts, who fell in love with that and the various other built-ins. It's lucky they bought it when they did, as the folks they bought it from - contractors who were trying to flip the property as quickly as possible - had intended to whitewash all the wood features within a few days!
Every room has been restored - gone are the bright tropical colors that the previous owner had been so proud of; bubblegum-pink paint was sandblasted off the fireplace, which is now visible in its original beige. Richard, a museum curator, began the meticulous process of restoring the woodwork, using dental picks to remove old paint chips from mouldings and other architectural woodwork. The underside lips of the moldings, of course, had been damaged by so many layers of paint, so wood tape stained to match were ironed onto the lower surface - talk about improvisation! Bradbury & Bradbury paper was installed on the dining room walls, and a B&B frieze was installed in the living room. Two years later, Bradbury & Bradbury's William Morris designs were installed in the hallway, as well.
All the fixtures but one upstairs light were purchased by the current owners, and most are reproductions, although a few - those in the living room and hallway ceiling - are antiques. Lundberg Art Glass in Davenport produced the sconces around the fireplace, and their Nouveau shape certainly works with the house, which incorporates elements of Italiante Victorian and Craftsman.