Monday, January 14, 2013

The Big Trim Reveal

I loved reading all of your responses to my post about painting the trim in our family room. It's such a hot button issue that it should probably be added alongside politics and religion as topics not to be discussed at a dinner party.

Some of you thought I should paint all the wood white. Others felt that wood should be touched by stain and stain alone. And then there were people like me stuck somewhere in the middle. Just register us as "I" for indecisive. 

So, I traveled the road of moderation and painted some of the trim. And, you know what? I love it!

The trim around the outside of the window was painted in Benjamin Moore's "Mayonnaise." It's the same as the wall color. The inside window trim was left in the original stained finish. 

The white trim has definitely given the room a much more spacious feel. In fact, I keep getting the feeling that something is missing or that I forgot to put a piece of furniture back in place. It opens up the room so much!

I'm also glad that we kept some of the wood trim stained, as it ties the windows in with the rest of the wood in the room.

You may have noticed that some of my new pillows arrived.

The zebra print and orangy-pink pillows go a long way in adding some color and pizazz to the sectional.

I'm so pleased with how they turned out! Still planning to add one or two more in another color/pattern. I'll keep you posted on that.

Oh, and see that trim in the kitchen? It isn't safe from the paintbrush. 

My white trim-loving friends will be happy to know that the crown molding and trim are being painted white. 

But don't fear, my dear stained wood-lovers. The kitchen cabinets will remain stained.

There. I think everyone should be happy. Maybe I'll run for office :)

I'd love to hear your views on the "Great Wood Debate." Or, if you'd rather remain neutral, we can just share some pillow talk.


  1. What a great looks so good!

  2. I think that was a VERY wise decision. It looks great. I really do like white trim and it has really opened the space up. Good compromise on the kitchen, too- xo Diana

  3. What a beautiful space- I think you can't go wrong, stain or paint. And the stain on the ceiling molding ties in with your kitchen so well and keeps enough warmth in the room. So pretty!

  4. I love it so far! I think painting the crown will look beautiful in the kitchen! Your cabinets are a gorgeous stain, not that ugly oak we had :)

  5. Just lovely! Just lovely....
    It really does open up your space.
    Can't wait to see the kitchen reveal, I do think the crown moldings in white will be a "Wow"
    Please show up when you are done.
    (I am about to paint over some orangey oak moldings : )

  6. Please show "us" when you are done... (dumb, dumb computer : )

  7. Looking good. I think you should continue by painting the fireplace trim & leaving the ceiling beams stained.
    Just my thought.

  8. I personally love stained wood, but here at this new house it is ALL white. I am trying to get used to it. I just can't wait to be able to paint the walls a COLOR!!!!!!!!!!! I am so NOT a white person, but we have to wait a year and then the builder will repaint/touch up anything that needs it that we haven't touched. It is making me NUTS:):) I like what you did!!! XO, Pinky

  9. I love it! Great idea. Painting the wood is such a source of controversy at our house as well. I'd paint it all in a heartbeat. I'm a wood was meant to be painted gal.

  10. your home is just warm and you must just love it! happy for you! love those pillows..just the right pop of color!

  11. Wow!! It looks so bright and fresh i there! I love it and can't wait to see the kitchen!

  12. What a beautiful room! I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. I am visiting you via Tuesday Treasures. Thanks Anu!

  13. I got an ipad mini for Christmas and can't really see much of your post. Tiny photos. I will be back.

  14. Hello, my sweet friend!

    How are you doing? I hope everything is great w/ you and your family.

    I just dropped here to wish a very healthy and happy 2013.

    Big hugs to you!

    Luciane at

  15. I do love all the warm wood in your room, but I know what it like to want a brighter look. Beautiful room!!!

  16. It looks so much nicer , less heavy and lighter and brighter.
    About those cabinets ... maybe one day they will be painted , not all maybe . Perhaps some painted a soft bluey grey.....think about it , lol
    we'll talk!