yes, I'm referring to the trim in my house.
Read on for details.
When we bought this house,
we were on the 10-year renovation plan.
Um, ya we're at 15 years
and still not finished.
One of the last things to do is the interior trim.
We changed out window (aluminum side-sliders for wood single-hungs)
during the exterior makeover
and have changed one doorway.
Those areas are trim-less at the moment.
We have been trying to decide on that trim for almost 8 years now...
does that make it a 10-year decision?!
I do what I always do with indecision...
move onto the thing that I do know
and don't decide at all.
It is time...we really do need to decide
what to do and to do it.
this post really should be titled
To Decide or Not To Decide.
We have three main rooms in question.
They're the more formal rooms.
The deal is this:
there is a mixture of trim going on.
Let's go room by room and you'll see what I mean.
Here is that original stairway that sealed the deal for me
Two of the doorways have original trim and one is un-trimmed.
The 2 windows are untrimmed.
Same unfinished doorway from the entry
and all of the windows are raw wood without trim.
The trim going into the dining room is original.
The Dining Room
All of the doorways and the built-in china cabinet are original.
The windows have nothing.
The 3/4 plate moulding and crown are already painted white.
This picture from Easter morning shows
all of the mis-matched-ness.
So this is where the dilemma is.
We need to purchase the trim for the windows and doorway.
We are going to get the same profile
but do we get stain-grade
and attempt to match? (will it ever?)
Or do we get paint-grade? (do the easy and for sure thing)
Pros for Paint
- Less expensive (paint grade is considerably less money)
- On close inspection, the existing trim is not in that good of condition, there are a lot of paint splatters on it already.
- I really do love and have loved painted woodwork for a long time.
- When all of the trim is installed there will be 3 types of wood: the original trim, the windows, and the new trim. Is it even possible to make all match in color, in finish, and for it to look old?
Pros for Stained Wood
- Considered a more authentic restoration
- Is painted trim a fad? (does 20 years of liking something disqualify it as a fad?)
- Does painted wood reduce perceived value in a historical home?
- Will I have painter's remorse? Once painted-always painted (I will NOT strip woodwork)
So there it is in a nutshell.
Tell me what you think?
What would you do?
Would painted woodwork make a difference
in your decision to buy an old house?
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