Should we paint cedar closet and pantry?
We are moving into a new house...hopefully....soon. (closing has been pushed back 3 times.) The home is older (built in the 40s) has a large master closet which is all cedar and also a cedar pantry. The cedar looks to have been added more recently. The walls are cedar, the shelves, etc. It's all cedar. The property is a 5 acre country property so maybe there are more bugs around than the average home.
I don't like the cedar and I want to paint both the closet and the pantry. They just feel too dark and rustic. I want something that has a fresher, cleaner feeling but I worry they made them cedar for a reason and I may have regrets. What are the benefits to keeping the closet or pantry completely bare cedar?