Help! Wood Trim windows with painted trim elsewhere?

slowgerkyApril 22, 2011

I purchased a mid-rehab 1908 graystone that already has a colonial primed trim installed. The house is very transitional (open floor plan on the first floor), but I'd like to respect the historic nature of the house and put in wood windows with oak jams and sills. I can afford to replace the trim around the windows and order new stainable oak doors for the home (those were also replaced with hollow core doors); but I am not sure we can afford to replace all of the other trim. Is there a way to make this look good or do I need embrace the painted look and order white windows to match a white trim? I'm particularly concerned because the door trim will be very close to window trim in a few places. I was thinking that maybe if I used a darker paint color on the baseboard and door trim it might be better.

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just_julie

I wouldn't plan everything around painted wood trim! Go with the wood windows, window trim and doors.. you can always replace the rest of the trim later on!

See what it all looks like and if you're not happy with it, you could try changing the trim color. We have dark brown trim in the master bath and it shows every speck of dust so keep that in mind!

Really think it will look fine mixing the 2 for now.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2011 at 11:17AM
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earthworm

No question in my mind, shellacked or varnished or stained wood is much the better..Anything over paint...
Stain over the prime ??

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 9:20AM
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slowgerky

Thanks for the advice. I am glad to know I'm not crazy for wanting to push ahead with the oak. I think I am going ahead with the wood windows and doors, but trim the windows in white. The doors already have white trim, so they should probably match. I figure if I choose this route, it will match until I can replace all of the trim in a room at once.

I don't understand why everyone is so obsessed with putting in white windows and doors. They might be timeless, but they are a huge pain to maintain given all the dirt they'd show. And in a historic home, wood really feels like the best choice. Plus if I hate it, I can always paint my wood windows and doors white.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 4:46PM
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