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Comment du Jour: Stripping Trim, Shrinking Wood (supply)?

This comment wasn’t necessarily one that makes us fall over in laughter, or one that brings a tear to our eye, but one that might spark some conversation (or debate) nonetheless. (Extra points if you can come up with a catchy phrase using the words stripping, shrinking, old growth, wood, and trim in the same sentence. Then we might get a good laugh, or maybe even shed a tear.) Of course, you could just debate the merits of whether you like your wood covered or not, or if it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s not your house.





From “Zang” on Cole Valley Before and After

Why do people paint over all of the historic woodwork? sigh. It’s cheaper than refinishing it… but it removes so much character and is so short sighted. With shrinking forests and wood prices skyrocketing, I’ll bet old growth wood paneling on walls, trim and ceilings will be coveted in years to come. And, have you ever tried stripping paint off of paneling/trim? Not fun.

Very good points indeed, and an observation everyone must wonder. We think painted white is mo beta! It makes the room look so much brighter, cleaner, and full of life.

Remember: Extra points if you can come up with a catchy phrase using the words stripping, shrinking, old growth, wood, and trim in the same sentence.

Cole Valley Before and After (1233 Shrader) [theFrontSteps]

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2 thoughts on “Comment du Jour: Stripping Trim, Shrinking Wood (supply)?”

  • Garrett

    November 5, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    i got out of the freezing ocean–cold but looking good because of my new trim–and started stripping the clothes off of my body when i noticed shrinking going on where there is normally old growth (aka wood).

  • Sophie

    November 6, 2007 at 10:14 am

    🙂 garrett.

    regarding wood paneling.

    I wanted to post the exact same comment, BUT I did not, because the photo of the brown wood is not telling if it’s stained wood OR faux-wood paint.

    If it’s stained… then I agree with the “crime de lese-majeste”.

    If it’s already painted in faux-wood.. it’s not that clear.

    In anycase, I was actually more ready to say THANKS – because they kept the paneling rather than gutting the place to add insulation or cat5 or whatever (in a easier and cheeper). I’m thinking of the electician who surely swore at running the recessed lights in the coffered ceiling.

    however, I’m not convinced by the new windows. They simply dont fit. Replacing a very specific proportioned 1on1 with a standard equal 1on1 doesnt work – not for that interior. (windows have been on big stumbling block on many remodeling)


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