Originally Posted by sdsester
Again though, think about this. People used to pay me a lot of money to take paint off of nice, overpainted wood trim, doors, staircases and so forth. One of the worst trends in history was to paint over beautiful oak or other hardwood trim.
Wow. I couldn't agree more.
We're currently renovating the circa 1928 brick home we're living in. At one point, some previous owner painted EVERY inch of trim, and installed carpet over ALL the floors (at least they didn't paint most of the floors). We're talking the beautiful 10" oak baseboards, open staircase, crown molding, etc.
Stripping and refinishing has been a royal pain in the butt. Fortunately, they didn't bother using primer on most of the trim, so the paint has come off with relative ease.
What is finished, so far, is beautiful. Why anybody would ever paint over that is beyond me.