The Options: Painted or Stained

Painted or Stained

Option 1: Painted | Options 2: Stained

Growing up in the household of a very talented woodworker makes today’s post a touchy one. The rest of my family would agree that painting wood is the ULTIMATE “no no,” but I just can’t help but allow my devotion to color run a little wild.

Option 1: How. Adorable. Is. That. Mint. Dresser? Like really, folks. I can’t stand painting (if you can believe it based on the incredible amount I use each week), but I am totally planning a big dresser refinish based solely on that photo above. While my parents and sister would balk at the thought, I am of the opinion that old furniture in need of a little sprucing can benefit ten-fold from a nice clean coat of color.

Option 2: That said, there is obviously something really special about an exposed wood grain. That cabinet above screams character, with its irregular stained finish and one-of-a-kind door front pattern. I wouldn’t touch a thing about it.


6 thoughts on “The Options: Painted or Stained

  1. Ainhoa

    I used to be on camp painted but stained is growing on me, especially dark stains. It’s hard to choose!
    P.S. Congrats on the new job! That’s is seriously awesome 🙂

  2. Emma

    I can’t stand painted wood. I love everything about your blog, but every time I see you cover wood grain in a project I cringe a little. 🙂 But, I love your color choices and can respect the fact that you like the effect. 🙂

  3. Alex Landar

    Definitely the painted! I agree with Emma that I really don’t like wood grain. I am sometimes fascinated by them, but these don’t last long… I just keep staring and staring and get nothing out of the wood gain designs…. it frustrates me a little. I don’t really know if you understand that though.


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