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Eric13 09-17-2011 04:12 PM

Wood trim
 
Design question would love to paint out my oak trim to give a more up dated modern look house was built in 1922 also oak flooring throughout but the house feels tired and heavy however afraid to make the commitment to paint the wood

Gymschu 09-17-2011 04:46 PM

Painting oak is never a good idea unless perhaps the clear coat has lost its' luster..........painted oak always looks like.....well, painted oak.....I mean you see the grain flash through the paint and it just isn't a smooth, sharp look. Don't get me wrong, it CAN be painted, but it just never looks quite right to me. Any chance you could rip out the oak and sell it? Then replace it with a more paintable wood such as poplar?

chrisn 09-17-2011 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Gymschu (Post 730192)
Painting oak is never a good idea unless perhaps the clear coat has lost its' luster..........painted oak always looks like.....well, painted oak.....I mean you see the grain flash through the paint and it just isn't a smooth, sharp look. Don't get me wrong, it CAN be painted, but it just never looks quite right to me. Any chance you could rip out :eek:the oak and sell it? Then replace it with a more paintable wood such as poplar?


how about, gently, carefully, tenderly, lovingly, removing the oak?:laughing::yes:

DrHicks 09-17-2011 06:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Eric13 (Post 730167)
Design question would love to paint out my oak trim to give a more up dated modern look house was built in 1922 also oak flooring throughout but the house feels tired and heavy however afraid to make the commitment to paint the wood

We've spent the last 5 years stripping ugly paint off the oak woodwork, and refinishing the oak floors, in our house that was built in 1928. I cannot imagine why somebody thought that white carpet & white paint looked good in a big old brick house, but we're certainly fixing that mistake.

It's your house, and you're certainly free to do whatever you wish. But I'd never paint oak woodwork.

Marqed97 09-17-2011 09:21 PM

Agreed. We bought our house in part because of the beautiful, unpainted, original oak woodwork.

Marqed97 09-17-2011 09:29 PM

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My wife and I bought our house (1914) because we loved the original, unpainted woodwork. I grew up watching my mom spend her free time (which wasn't much) on her hands and knees with scrapers and heat guns removing paint from all the woodwork in their house (1886). That alone is enough that I could never paint any of it in my house.

There must be other ways of modernizing, cleaning up the look, etc, but if you must have painted trimwork, do as suggested. Carefully remove the oak, sell it, donate it, whatever, and replace it with some other wood. Just can't replicate the old stuff anymore...at least not on my budget.

DrHicks 09-17-2011 09:37 PM

Whoa - beautiful house, Marqed97! :thumbsup:

Brushjockey 09-17-2011 10:08 PM

Haha! I've got a client with those exact stairs!

DrHicks 09-17-2011 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Brushjockey (Post 730392)
Haha! I've got a client with those exact stairs!

Well ya danged well better not be painting them! :)

chrisn 09-18-2011 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Marqed97 (Post 730362)
My wife and I bought our house (1914) because we loved the original, unpainted woodwork. I grew up watching my mom spend her free time (which wasn't much) on her hands and knees with scrapers and heat guns removing paint from all the woodwork in their house (1886). That alone is enough that I could never paint any of it in my house.

There must be other ways of modernizing, cleaning up the look, etc, but if you must have painted trimwork, do as suggested. Carefully remove the oak, sell it, donate it, whatever, and replace it with some other wood. Just can't replicate the old stuff anymore...at least not on my budget.




Need to have an oak radiator cover built:yes:

Marqed97 09-18-2011 09:33 AM

Thank you, all... The house is in desperate need of work in other areas but the wood work is beautiful. Still has all the original doors, frames, etc. Keep the oldies if at all possible! There are radiator covers in other rooms, some match, some thrown together by a previous owner.

Matthewt1970 09-18-2011 11:55 AM

Please do not paint your oak trim. Stained trim is timeless. If anything just paint the walls.

Brushjockey 09-18-2011 12:25 PM

This is as close to the stairs as i have- I did a rag finish on the walls- lots of arty stuff in this old house- circa 1900.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...finishes29.jpg

Marqed97 09-18-2011 01:08 PM

Very nice. The walls were sponge painted flesh pink and dark red when we bought it. Just went with white for now... Better plans for the future. As we all said, OP, don't paint the woodwork!

DrHicks 09-18-2011 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Brushjockey (Post 730714)
This is as close to the stairs as i have- I did a rag finish on the walls- lots of arty stuff in this old house- circa 1900.

Very nice. Very, very nice!


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