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post #1 of 11 Old 10-07-2010, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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How would I paint over this? (see photo)

This is a photo inside a house I am looking to possibly buy, and if I owned this place I would probably have to do something about all this wood. I love the wood look, but not with this finish! I prefer either natural or painted with a white wash or something. What do you think? And how do I go about doing it? I know very little about paint, so any tips would be much appreciated! I'm not fussed on the kitchen cabinets or the floor, but that's a whole other story (oh and the lace thing on that window would have to go too, not my taste at all). I haven't bought the house, this is all just ideas in case I do.

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I love the wood look, but not with this finish! What do you think?

I like the wood look too. Maybe if it was finished with a flatter (less) shine.

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Maybe just cover the wood with a satin polyurethane?

I guess I'm wierd because I really like everything as it is.

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I'm not really sure how you would go about this. The general consensus on this forum is that we love the look of wood and generally, painting wood is kind of frowned upon. I'm with the other guys, that maybe you should not look at painting so much as dulling the sheen on the existing finish. The balance between the white cabinets and the wood seems right to me now. I'm thinking that painting would be overkill on solid colours. Dulling the sheen would be my choice.
Oh, and I agree, the lacey thing has got to go.

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I vote with the others. Satin finish and break up the big wall with artwork appropriatly sized.

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Thanks folks! I see your point about painting it, perhaps dulling it would be the best.
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Split decision here

Leave the ceilings wood as they are. Paint the walls. White pickled if you want. This "all wood" look would be OK in a cabin in the woods, but looking out the window, that's not this place.
OK I'm partial to white with wood trim, that's my decoration theme. It calls attention to the wood and to any artwork on the walls and gives it a "field" to stand out in. I was outstanding in MY field...once.
Now I find myself just standing out in the field. bill

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To me, it would be a crying shame to hide all that beautiful wood grain by painting over it. Just my choice. However, to me the existing finish is far too shiny. I would tend to give the areas to be retreated a light sanding, and cleaning, and then go over it with a low luster finish such as satin varathane, or possibly even a flat varathane. The flat varathane would give it a finish resembling oil.
If the existing finish is oil based you will probably have to use an oil based finish to go over it. Our home has extensive cedar panelling in it, which my wife and I really like. However, it was finished with a low luster finish, and so does not have the glare that your picture shows.

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One alternative would be to remove the wood and re-purpose it elsewhere (furniture, etc.) or even sell it if you can't think of anything to do with it and then install sheet rock in its place. Yes, it would be a task for sure but think of the corner cabinets or hutches, etc.

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to paint that would be a crime......unfortunatly your looking at a ton of work......that all needs to be stripped and refinished.....
dont waist your time applying more coats of anything on top....after stripping apply a danish oil
no flat finish over the gloss youll get blothy
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Some great ideas, thank you!
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