Will I be a terrible person if...
...I paint my dining room woodwork?
I am in such turmoil over this! Our house is 99 years old, and we have a mix of painted and stained woodwork throughout the house. Our living room, formal center hall and dining room all have unpainted oak, as does the second floor hallway and the stairwell (oak railing, spindles and wainscotting). The rest of the woodwork was painted white when we bought the house, and when we finished our previously unfinished 3rd floor, we went with white woodwork there, too.
Sometime in the 70s, the woodwork in our dining room was stripped and restained a darker color than the rest of the wood in the house. It's kind of an espresso color. So problem #1 is that it doesn't match the rest of the house. Problem #2 is that the dining room is north-facing and gets very little sunlight, so it's rather dreary in there all the time with all the dark wood (there are french doors, deep baseboards, picture moulding, and a long window seat, all in the dark color). And a third issue is that we are remodeling our kitchen, which will have white cabinetry and woodwork, and the kitchen and dining room are open to each other.
I just can't seem to make a decision. On the one hand, it seems almost criminal to paint wood that's made it a century without being painted, but on the other hand, I *really* don't like that room and am certain I would love it with white trim. I need it to work for my family, and right now, no one wants to be in there.
Honestly, I'd love to paint all the wood in our house, except the doors, ornate archway in our foyer, and the banister in the main stairs, but I'd REALLY like to paint the dining room. If I lived in an arts and crafts bungalow or something, I wouldn't even consider paint, but my house is a rather eclectic colonial/greek revival foursquare, and I think it can handle the mix of finishes quite well.
What say you? :o)