The paint dust is settling on the first floor, and now I just need to go back to the walls for a final coat of paint.
Some people might have cringed at the thought I me painting over the existing natural wood trim in the house. Believe me I get it- the wood used (usually gumwood) is hard to come by these days, and it has beautiful graining. However, that said I also feel pretty strongly that it makes a place feel smaller, and darker not to mention your paint colors are quite limited. Since we have 7 foot ceilings I plan to make that as least noticeable as possible! Light, bright, clean and bigger has been my goal.
Here is a picture again of our place before it was painted:
One thing I did decide to do to retain some original character is leave all the doors and mullions natural wood. What you say?!? Well, believe or not you’ve probably seen it before particularly on the outside of a home. My thought is why not on the inside as well! I also decided to leave the mantle natural which further connects some pockets of darker wood.
I’ve compiled some pictures here that may help doubters out there visualize what I’m talking about. Click on my ideabook below, and let it all sink in. I’ll be back with pics of our newly painted trimwork soon!