Wednesday, October 17, 2007

to stain or to paint?

Now that I'm back from holidays, I'm totally into making my apartment feel more like a home. I haven't made up my mind about wall colours yet, so I'm starting small. I bought a dresser at a garage sale for $10...the same one as in the photo above. But mine is painted white. It either needs repainting (I'm thinking teal like in the photo below) but Cornelius might be more inclined with stripping the paint and using a stain like the picture above. Personally, I think it's a bit too staid. For me, painting just seems so much easier and much more fun. Thoughts? Both of these photos came from Apartment Therapy's fall colours contest entries.

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Blogger Susan Black said...

Oh it's such a beautiful dresser. Much more work but I would definitely strip & stain. I think ultimately, in the long run, you'd be happier with the's probably beautiful wood under that paint

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a couple peices of furniture in my apartment painted that exact colour.
And I love them.
I reccomend staining. This sounds like it might be a danish teak credenza, and I don't think I could forgive you if you didn't take a look-see to make sure. Painting is for things that are damaged or cheap. It hides flaws but It cracks and flakes and scratches pretty much immediately after painting it. Stain is much more robust, and durable and wood really warms up a room.

8:04 AM  
Blogger kickpleat said...

although the dresser i bought looks just like the one in the's definitely not teak, so that's why i think painting is my best option.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Teal, teal! It's the color of my kitchen and it will look great!

10:54 AM  
Anonymous beth maher said...

Well then lead on with the paint! It's the perfect solution for things that aren't in very good shape. Plus it's very hot, very hollywood regency (which is my new favourite fancy design term) As I said, I'm very happy with my turqouise coffee table and dining room table, even if they do have a tendancy to chip.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

Personally speaking, for furniture I prefer the look of natural wood, although I absolutely LOVE teal blue in clothing and accessories and kitchen appliances.

Stripping paint is a B****! You do not want to go there and the caustic paint stripper is very, very bad for your health. The existing paint on the dresser might even be lead based or cadmium and you certainly don't want to be accidentally inhaling that stuff.

So given the perceived cons - teal is the way to go!!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think stain. I know I'm anonymous but I believe the wood stained look & feel is timeless.

6:13 PM  
Blogger laviecerise said...

For what it's worth, my vote is strip and stain.

6:04 AM  
Blogger naomi said... the paint job. How's that for getting advice from someone you've never met :o).

8:04 AM  

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