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Does anyone have any ideas on how to finish cedar shiplap?

I have a 1930's Farmhouse on my property that I decided to turn into a guest house.  After removing layers of old wallpaper, paneling and fiberboard, I found ship lap in great shape.  The entire main floor is wrapped in it floor, wall and ceiling.  I was told by a contractor that these walls are cedar. The insulation is sawdust.

I have to remove this cellulose paper from the ceiling and walls first, but then it is bare wood and I am looking for ideas to maintain them, finish them.  The floors are cedar ship lap too, all but 2 rooms are ruined with glued down linoleum.  I don't know if the support post is also cedar but it is a rough finish.  The ship lap is all very smooth surfaced.  I also have it in the kitchen and bathroom is there a different finish for those areas I should know about?

Thanks ahead of time for any suggestions.

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Comment by William Carpenter on January 13, 2014 at 8:26pm

It looks like the material( wooden boards fastened with common nails) was intended as a substrate  (base layer) for a better finish...in the '30's, probably wall paper!    Hum. Lot's of work to turn that into the finished surface unless you paint. ( Like rustic?)


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