Does wood sell?
I live in a house that we're planning to sell sometimes in the next 5 years. The house has yellow pine doors that would be very beautiful if not the ugly greenish-gray stain that the previous owner used for the doors. I used a soy based remover on one door to remove that ugly stain, and saw that underneath it the wood has a fantastic warm honey color.
Now, here's a dilemma. My husband and I both want to do something with all the doors in our house, so we won't see that ugly staining anymore. However we cannot decide between two options that we have: 1. Just paint the doors white, or 2. Grease our elbows to get the beautiful wooden look. The latter would require a vast amount of work: removing all the stain that penetrated the wood (that alone would cost few hundreds just for the stain remover), use conditioner for the wood and than stain it again to get more darker version of the wood, and finally, cover all doors with lacquer to waterproof them (so they won't shrink/expand due to seasonal changes).
Effort-wise the first option is way more tempting, but then we think that unpainted woodwork must sell better. So, maybe we HAVE to do all that job, not just for ourselves, but for the sake of keeping our house more competitive on the market.
I need your advice on that decision: to paint the doors or restore them?