Zillow Advice: Home Improvement - Historic home woodwork - dark trim or go white? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I think it's always best ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ I think it's always best to maintain the look of the home as intended.&nbsp; It usually equals greater value and a more pleasing home.&nbsp; As far as "in vogue" goes that's a difficult question to answer.&nbsp;&nbsp;Keep in mind that stained wood has&nbsp;never gone out of style.&nbsp; High end homes have continued to use stained wood.&nbsp; That said, most average&nbsp;new homes have white baseboards and trim so I guess that supports the in vogue side.&nbsp; It's important to remember that this painted look became popular because it allowed for the use of cheaper materials and lower cost building.&nbsp; If you have the real thing you should restore it and be proud.&nbsp; Painting high quality, originally stained woodwork is usually done more as a cost consideration since painting is easier and less costly than stripping, staining, and varnishing.&nbsp; Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-10-28T22:13:00Z Nice spamo nimrod. You needo ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ Nice spamo nimrod. You needo to reado this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Reminder-on-Zillow-Advice-policies/362880/">linko</a> Tue, 10 May 2011 15:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-05-10T15:27:00Z I totally agree, sunnyview. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ I totally agree, sunnyview. I mean, it's your house, you can do anything you want with it. But I really would also suggest consulting a local agent before a resale because you might want to thing what the buyers might want.<br/><br/>I also found this woodworking review, I hope this could help you: {Link removed by moderator] Tue, 10 May 2011 15:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-05-10T15:04:00Z Some older homes have woodwork ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ Some older homes have woodwork and trim that are oak, and if you are real lucky it might be chestnut.&nbsp; Oak and chestnut have wonderful rich grains.<br/><br/>Is the wood dark or the finish?&nbsp;&nbsp; As time goes by the varnish finish darkens and in some instances can look like an alligator skin.&nbsp; Removing it with a paint stripper would reveal the natural wood underneath.<br/><br/>Once the old finish is removed - sand well - use a tack cloth to remove all sawdust and seal with minwax clear polyurethane. <br/><br/>No matter what color you paint your walls - the wood work will blend and compliment them.&nbsp; Natural wood work is like hardwood floors.&nbsp; Warm, interesting and architecturally pleasing.<br/><br/> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-03-28T23:54:00Z If you live in a historic ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ If you live in a historic home and have original woodwork-keep it. &nbsp;I'm sure it adds to the charm and character of the home. &nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-03-28T23:10:00Z If the wood is fine, such ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ If the wood is fine, such as walnut, mahogany, etc. and it is stained, it should be stripped and stained or oiled to bring out its natural beauty and then paint the walls in colors that make the trim "pop".&nbsp; If it is a pine or poplar it was probably intended to be painted and a slightly off white or maybe even a vintage cream would be interesting.<br/><br/>Talk to an interior designer for a specific color chart for wall and trim in combination. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-03-22T22:34:00Z I live in a 1910 bungalow ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ I live in a 1910 bungalow and I am currently stripping the paint off the woodwork one room at a time!&nbsp;&nbsp; If you have an old home with original features keep them.&nbsp;We targeted older homes with original features during our search.&nbsp; Good bones meant work for us but someone else wanting an older home may just bypass yours for one that is not "improved" Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-02-25T23:43:00Z White makes for a very nice ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ White makes for a very nice look, but the wood is never going to be quite the same. If it is an historical home, it may be best to leave the woodwork as is and then paint the walls to a color that brings out the depth of the woodwork. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-02-14T20:01:00Z I think that painting the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ I think that painting the wood white is the way to go.&nbsp; Of course it all depends upon personal preference, but white seems to be what most buyers prefer in today's market, from my experience. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 06:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-02-12T06:16:00Z Once painted woodwork will ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ Once painted woodwork will never be the same. Since you are not planning on selling anytime soon, believe you should have your surroundings to your taste. When ready to sell, ask several local agents what market is prefering. Enjoy! Sun, 06 Feb 2011 15:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Historic-home-woodwork-dark-trim-or-go-white/382123/ 2011-02-06T15:30:00Z