We just bought our first house in So. Cal and absolutely LOVE it! It was built in 1909 and still has a lot of the original craftsmanship from the time period. Our living room has beautiful box beamed ceilings; however, they also have endured many many years of sloppy paint jobs and therefore have a build up of old paint around the edges and on the wood. I've been scrapping the paint with a safety razor but fear that could take the next 20yrs to complete :), so I was thinking of re-sanding them down and re-staining them? Any suggestions?