Paint Or Stain - Interior Decorating - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Interior Decorating


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-08-2008, 08:47 AM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Western Kentucky
Posts: 118
Rewards Points: 75

Paint or Stain

I bought a 1950ish house that has been truly neglected and left in shambles (foreclosure wrath) I have new sheetrock on all walls and ceiling and new white vinyl windows.
The baseboard and trim will be 1x3 pine, I have not painted anything yet and will not be done until spring.
Being a single guy with only dogs and chickens I am a bit color insensitive and was just thinking of using off whites and tan/beige? Also should I paint the trim or stain it?

I built a TV shelf wall about 6" deep and just for testing I stained it golden oak, the wall behind is just drywall sealer and nothing else is painted, would this look better color matched to the wall?

Same question for this partial wall I built that hides a 12" square post, I had no choice on it because the ceiling and roof was dipping 2 inches.
Attached Thumbnails
Paint or Stain-tv_shelf4.jpg   Paint or Stain-part_wall2.jpg   Paint or Stain-part_wall3.jpg  


hychesee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
bradnailer's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 256
Rewards Points: 250

I prefer painted trim in an off white but that's just me. If you do decide to paint, you should consider using engineered trim versus solid wood or finger jointed wood. Most of the home improvement places sell it. It is easier to use, has cleaner tooling, is more stable, it's less expensive and paints up better.

As far as the pieces you constructed, I would paint them the same color as the painted trim then go with a deeper color on the walls. The pieces you built appear to be white pine and don't stain up as nicely as hard woods.

Again though, all of this is just my opinion and my preferences but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


bradnailer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2008, 05:06 PM   #3
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Western Kentucky
Posts: 118
Rewards Points: 75

I was never allowed to pick colors before now and never really paid any attention to what the wife picked or why, so I thought off white and beige for the living room and from what I have seen in pictures light yellow, blue, or green for the kitchen ?

I think the engineered trim may just work now that I did a lot more work then I planned, all the original baseboard, door, and window trim was all 1x4 and square butted together mostly to cover big gaps between the floor and wall. Almost all of the original door jams and windows floated in an opening 2" bigger all the way around, I have since fixed or replaced them.

I guess I had planned on painting the wood when I built it, the 1x12 is actually #4 pine and the rest #2 - but how would that partial wall look all one color?
hychesee is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Flat over Semi-Gloss dankreboot Painting 21 02-24-2013 07:46 PM
Dark over light...Do I need tinted primer? melissaandkris Painting 17 09-09-2011 10:43 AM
semi gloss enamel vs eggshell enamel NoExperience Painting 18 03-05-2009 04:57 AM
Flashing NoExperience Painting 13 09-04-2008 05:56 AM
Semi gloss on Semi gloss mattpricemn Painting 6 08-25-2008 07:18 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1