I’m working on my table today, and Matt and I seem to be having a bit of a difference of opinion. It’s not one that I’m unfamiliar with. In fact, I see it almost every time a client’s husband gets involved in the decorating process. It’s that unspoken (but very evident) opinion that wood is sacred. The more grain that shows, the better. And certainly, you should never, ever, EVER, consider painting wood because paint will cover up that “beautiful” grain.
Case in point…our table. Here’s how we differ:
Matt said to me, “What’s the point in having a wood table if you’re just going to cover up the beautiful wood grain?”
I answered, “I DO want SOME of the grain to show. I just don’t want my table looking a zebra died on it.”
(F.Y.I.–There are times when I DO actually like wood grain, but it’s generally with exotic woods, such as…well…zebrawood. Now THAT’S beautiful!)
I remember having a similar conversation when I purchased my unfinished cabinets at Home Depot. The person helping me was a man, and the conversation went something like this:
Him: Oh, these cabinets are going to be really nice once they’re finished. What stain are you going to use on them?
Me: I’m not going to stain them, I’m going to paint them.
Him: Paint!? You’re going to paint these?!
Me: Yep, I sure am.
Him: Oh, I just hate to see you paint these and cover up that beautiful grain in the wood.
Me: Well, yeah…that’s oak…and that a lot of grain. That’s not beautiful to me. I’m going to paint them a beautiful shade of greenish blue in high quality oil-based paint with a satin finish. Now that will be beautiful!
He stood there looking at me as if I’d lost my mind.
Perhaps I have, but I just know what I like, and I know that I do NOT like lots of grain showing in the wood. And right about now, I’m kicking myself for using oak on my table top.
As a side note, you’ll also notice that the grain of the wood is running the width of the table instead of the length. lol…Yep, that’s what happens when you hand the dimensions to the Home Depot wood-cutting guy, and then you wander off into lala land, not paying any attention, and leave the wood-cutting guy to his own devices. Oh well, I’ll make do.
Hope you’re having a great weekend!