Someone recently commented about not liking chalk paint and only liking the original wood. I tried to go back and find the exact comment that come in but I can’t find it. I had thought it came through email but I looked there and it couldn’t be found. The comment was a little derogatory in regards that I was painting some of the pieces that I had purchased and wasn’t the original better.
I am giving the comment the benefit of the doubt. I am guessing that they don’t really know me or the house I live in. For those of you who didn’t follow along with our journey of buying a foreclosure house and fixing it, I suggest going back and reading this blog post explaining the main reason we bought out house….WOODWORK. We both LOVE wood….original wood when at all possible.
When I buy a piece of furniture to work on…I let the piece “talk to me”. I had no desire to paint this. This piece in my opinion was best left as is..only no water stains.
…and that’s what I did.
Not all pieces are in the shape that this one was…take this head board for example. It has a bad water stain on it. See?
I tried to work on the stain but after doing a few things I started to wonder if it was more than a water stain. Now this could either be used as is, thrown in a land fill or painted. Me, I opt for paint in this case.
It wasn’t my first choice but it’s an okay choice.
I opted to rough it up and give it the full vintage farm house look.
The stain is still there but not is looks like it was part of the painting process.
In hind sight I should have painted it first with primer….then paint. Kiltz primer would have likely done the trick.
Regardless….It’s painted and looks okay.
In my house, I’m one that prefers the real unpainted wood for my furniture but I’m also one that knows that everyone doesn’t want what I want. Everyone has their own taste. I would never paint anything that couldn’t be fixed with a little bit of elbow grease but there does come a time in the life of some furniture that paint gives it the lift it needs to keep it from going in the landfill. This piece was one of those.
We’ve done MUCH more stripping in my house than we’ve ever done painting!! In the end…to each their own choice and I’m making mine.