No, you’re not a monster for painting old wood

There are plenty of people who think it’s sacrilegious when I paint old wood furniture. I know this because they email me about it. 😉

It’s a personal preference and I get it. I really do. Their argument is that natural wood is beautiful, and covering it with paint is a “fad” and I’m going to regret it down the road — or, like in this case, I’m passing along the regret to someone else.

I was squarely back in the to-paint-or-not-to-paint debate recently when I was helping a client decorate a guest room with a double bed. We were going to bring in a dresser from her bedroom, since we had plans to redo a different dresser for that space.

Now, this dresser was extremely dark wood and very old. It had beautiful turned legs and they were on casters — swoon! The drawers glided nicely and it was solidly built. It was going to be great for the guest room, but . . . did we want to paint it or leave it?

No, you're not a monster for painting old wood {Heather's Handmade Life}

My client was happy for me to paint it and we decided on a colour right away, so I didn’t think twice about it. I guess it wasn’t much of a debate after all. 😉

I trucked it home, wheeled it gently across my driveway — all furniture should have wheels, seriously — and carried it into the house myself …

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2 Comments on “No, you’re not a monster for painting old wood

  1. I’ve always been a fan of painting…some things I leave…really it’s personal taste and shouldn’t be fodder for judgement.

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