I had to laugh because we're only about 20 percent of the way through with stripping paint off of old woodwork in our house (to then stain), so we have lots of paint meeting stained wood issues. But, ideally, I think it should all be one or the other. Personal preference, I know... but it's a cleaner look as you look through the house and from one room to the next. We'll get there in 5 years or so! good luck!