Put the paint can DOWN
I will readily admit that I am not a design guru; my skills at decorating are simple, classic and minimal. I do, however, have a sense of style. More importantly, I have a deep respect for the pieces my family have selected for our home.
We upcycle, we refinish and we renovate. I have spent endless hours sanding and finishing furniture for my children as keepsakes and I have a “special touch” with all things wood.
But this new craze of pulling out the paint can is killing me. I once posted a picture on a design site of an antique sideboard we were given and was aghast at the comments and suggestions for “perking” it up.
I had posted the piece because I loved the detail on it and the history it showed. This beast has been around a while so naturally my historical mind thought of the holidays it has experienced and the life it has lived. But the design folks, they wanted me to take out the beveled glass and paint it.
“Strip it down and paint it white,” they said.
I backed out of that conversation with fear for my sideboard. Nightmares ensued of design-crazy bloggers hunting me down and tearing this beautiful piece from my arms to slather it in (gasp) gold paint.
I just don’t get it.
These wood pieces are their natural selves. They have character and personality. They tell us stories and show our family’s history over the years. Why would we want to cover that up?
I love seeing a person’s true self. Dealing with people who cover up their personality with flash and falsehoods isn’t my style. I bring this same value to my garden, my home and my upcycling.
I will never love the paint trend. I will continue to invest in sandpaper, natural stains, wax and finishes. I will continue to find hours (and hours) to preserve the true meaning of the wood and the piece of furniture it became…because with authenticity comes beauty.
How do you feel about the paint trend in wood? Are you investing in brushes and gallons, or staying true and appreciating the natural beauty of wood?
Whether you paint or preserve is up to you!