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    Default Painted white over the stained wood

    Our last address was a villa with lovely wood throughout the house but it was all painted white. The doors were made of Canadian redwood and even the white paint could not hide the grain. We stripped all the paint off the lovely wood and sent all the interior doors to be dipped to remove the paint and then we stained all the doors and wood. There was beams in the ceiling also stripped and stained. We removed the horrible old carpet, had the floors (rimu and matai) sanded and stained and the old place looked fantastic. We were very pleased. The doors really looked good.

    About a year after we completed the renovations we sold the place. The upkeep on such an old place ( nearly 100) was too much and we bought a more modern place virtually maintenance free. Not only that, the grounds are only about one quarter the size so it only takes 10 minutes to mow the lawn compared with an hour.

    We bought our new house in the same neighbourhood and every so often we drive past the old place and can look in the large front window and can see that the new owners have painted white over the beautifully stained wood! Sacrilege! All that hard work undone. We were very disappointed. But then, they own the place now so I suppose that they can do what they want. We just thought that they have no taste.
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    Heathens!!!
    What a crime, this place has carpet everywhere and lino in kitchen/laundry.

    Why? It's Matai or rimu underneath. Me and brother intend to have it ripped up and varnished instead.

    My old place down South, we spent ages pulling out all the flax and grassy plant stuff, put in some fruit and shrubs etc....and it was sold recently.
    They pulled our gardens out and planted - guess what.

    Yep, no taste...lol.
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    Default Re: Painted white over the stained wood

    Any real (not 'composite') wood is better to look at than paint or plastic, or worse, fake plastic wood flooring!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_24 View Post
    Any real (not 'composite') wood is better to look at than paint or plastic, or worse, fake plastic wood flooring!!
    or worse:

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    Default Re: Painted white over the stained wood

    While I also prefer the look of real wood floors it does not bother me in the slightest if someone else likes something else better. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and if they own it they can decorate their property however they like. It would be a rather boring world if everyone and everything was exactly the same.

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    The thing that we noticed when we were removing the white paint was that it was chipped off in quite a few places which told us that they did not sand the varnish to a rough surface so the paint would stick, so the paint had flaked off in quite a few places. We have seen that in quite a few other places where people have painted over stained wood. You would think that people would have investigated what you need to do when painting over varnish, but it seems that they did not do their homework.
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    - Richard Chamberlain, Tour of the Hebrides

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