Is Painted Woodwork Something That Can Be Reversed?

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Q: My husband and I own a 1940s Tudor style home. The interior is a lot of dark wood, as is much of our furniture. I want to paint some of the woodwork to lighten up the house, but hubby is vehemently against it, saying it will ruin the original design. At what point is it okay to change an interior, and is painting woodwork something that can be reversed?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.