He Said She Said EPISODE #3: Staining VS Painting

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So do you agree with what we talked about? Do you just stain? Just paint? Or do you do both? Let us know in the comments below :)



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  1. Cat says

    I’m with you, Stacy. Paint can be fun and is ok on cheap, used furniture as a quick way to give new life to it. Finer pieces deserve the time and effort of staining. Not on YOUR blog, but here and there on other blogs I’ve seen some rather garish painting jobs on used furniture. They even leave the dings and scratches as is in the name of “distressing.” Not appealing to me. And I’ve seen plenty of finer pieces painted that broke my heart. Obviously if you own it you can do what you want with it, and maybe there’s a point where a piece is so beat up it’s not worth trying to repair it and stain it, but… paint is not an instant answer for every piece. One thing I could never wrap my head around is taking a piece of sandpaper to a freshly painted piece to distress it. Just don’t like that look–obviously fake antiquing. If you’re going to paint a piece to freshen its appearance, leave it that way. That said, what tips do you have for preparing an older piece of furniture for staining?

    • Stacy says

      There are SO MANY paint finishes and techniques and it is most definitely a personal preference. And I agree that it breaks my heart a little when precious antiques are painted over. Thanks for your point of view!!!

  2. says

    I definitely agree that for most really nice furniture, staining is the way to go. Sure paint is fast and cheap but it isn’t made for long lasting furniture…I stick to paint for stuff i know only want to keep for a little while.

  3. says

    Love the video discussion. Y’all are too cute, Stacy. I tend to lean toward a custom paint job over stain just because that’s my thing. I’ve worked with stains here and there but I find paint to offer so many beautiful options it’s my preferred method. That being said, if it’s a treasured antique or cherished family piece, I’d pass on making any changes. Paint or stain.

  4. says

    So funny!! My husband use to Cringe when I put paint over the wood grain. He has since gotten better about. :) I’m with you on the sentimental value as well. ( that is if it’s in decent shape )
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Pinning :)

  5. Scott says

    I not only cringe when God’s creation of wood is painted over…it is beyond me why anyone would not properly clean and preserve stained wood furniture! I have a carved piece that you an see all the textures, and growth lines…I had better go put up a fence to keep my wife from painting it!