Refinish Or Repaint: The Great Wood Makeover Debate

It doesn't matter how many furniture makeovers we feature, there's always one debate at the center of every string of comments. While some of you love a fresh new coat of paint on a piece to bring some personality, others would much rather let the wood shine through in all it's glory. Which side of the fence are you on?

Growing up with a family that dabbled in woodworking, I used to think that all wood had to speak to me. That the grain had to shine through and covering that up was the worst thing in the world. Later on in life I realized that 9 times out of 10 that restoring a piece of furniture in that manner usually required far more patience than I had.

That said, I truly believe there are pieces that shouldn't be painted — depending on their condition. Paint can save a piece from a landfill and hide a ridiculous amount of grooves, scratches and dents that would otherwise have to be patched, replaced or repaired. It can be a great way to add color and a bit of pop to your space, but likewise, the warmth of wood is something that you can't get from anything other than, yup, you guessed it, wood.

Where do you stand on the issue? Do you shudder in horror when a a perfectly good piece of furniture is coated in three layers of blue paint? Or is that you on the sidelines thinking a little canary yellow would go a long way? Let us know below!

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.

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