Wood Trim: To Paint or Not To Paint?

Wood Trim: To Paint or Not To Paint?

Colleen Quinn
Feb 16, 2010

Q: Hi, I know there are many posts about painting wood trim, but I really need advice about my particular space. My new place has a lot of heavily varnished wood trim and a built-in hutch. I own it, so I can do what I want within a limited budget. I had initially thought I would leave the wood as is, and one day try and refinish it to it's natural color, or remove the thick border and paint the rest white but the more I look at other interiors, the more I love the look of white trim.

Sent by Lisa

There is thick heavy varnish, with a snakeskin texture, on almost all of it. And removing the border below the ceiling is not in my budget (plaster walls, plus it also the top of the window trim).

So, do I paint or not? If I paint, any suggestions on how to deal with the texture of 100 years of varnish? If I don't paint, any suggestions on wall color to go with the trim but not make the whole place super dark Thanks in advance for any feedback you could offer!

Editor: Lisa- If you love the look of white trim, then we say go for it and be happy. There are some excellent pointers on painting woodwork in Wes & Kayla's How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Home Hack.

Readers, do you have any advice for Lisa?

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