To Paint or Not to Paint Original Trim?
This isn’t a before and after story quite yet. You see, we haven’t moved into #thisoldtudor (built in 1926) house yet but I thought I’d do a quick post on it. I did extensive research on painting original wood trim and moldings–and I often hit a dead end. People seem to be very passionate about this topic; just about every Houzz post on the subject turned into a heated debate and it was overwhelmingly, “DO NOT PAINT ORIGINAL TRIM. WHY WOULD YOU BUY A HOUSE LIKE THAT AND RUIN IT.” Ugh. After reading response after response like that, I started to feel guilty. THEN, I brought my mom up to the house with a contractor and she was like, “how could you paint this gorgeous wood?!” As you can see, the odds were stacked against me.
Why would I paint original trim–and white, at that? Look, it wasn’t a decision I took lightly. Simply put: I wanted to brighten up the house and make it my own. I know that sometimes painting wood white can cheapen the look, so I continued to do research. I needed a white paint that would be soft and not too white, so I went with Benjamin Moore ‘White Dove’ for the whole house. Matte on the walls (we also skim-coated the original plaster walls to smooth out the bumpiness because I didn’t want to put up dry wall), semi-gloss on the trim and woodwork and flat on the ceiling. That’s right, White Dove everywhere. I kept the windowpanes (they’re original) brown and am going to live with them for a bit–I might paint them black (that made my mom gasp). I’m not looking to do a gut renovation here where the house suddenly looks like new construction–I’m just trying to update it a little at a time while keeping it’s charming elements–and white paint does just that for me. If this is something you’re thinking of doing, hopefully this helps!
Next up: the floors. The original floors are a gorgeous oak–and I’m re-staining them. I don’t feel bad…not even a little bit.