What’s white and white and white all over?

If you guessed over half the woodwork in our house you’re correct!

Painting beautiful, quality woodwork is something that I will never understand. Especially chestnut and wild cherry doors, trim, cabinetry, and wainscoting that were made from wood harvested on the farm!

BUT, those decisions were made in a different time and place and while they probably wouldn’t have been my decisions I certainly hold no ill will.

I’m sure it was popular at one point and I will say it makes me really think about whether some things I like are just trendy or if they will stand the test of time. Staring at all this white paint helps us think a bit more deeply about the decisions we make going forward.

Our house still has the original doors and ceramic knobs (the knobs are gorgeous!) but most of the doors and trim have been painted white; layers and layers of white upon white. So far (for the bathroom remodel and the nursery remodel) the trim hasn’t been salvageable.

The sheer volume of stripping solvents and time it will take to get these beauties back to their original glory is very daunting. So daunting in fact that Mike just got a new door for the room he’s currently renovating. Stripping that original door is going to happen eventually but as for now, “ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Daunting is also the word my grandmother used when we were talking about the woodwork. Seems it was great grandma Verna Belle who was enamored with white paint. My grandmother stripped and refinished two of the rooms downstairs and thank god she did. Both rooms have gorgeous wainscoting, chair rails and built-ins. I can’t imagine the time and effort she put in! Bless you Peg!

But, it’s not all doom and gloom. Check this out!


This adorable old “chimney cupboard” will be the perfect spot for our little girl to house her treasures. Once every lick of paint is gone and it’s cleaned up it will be stunning. Mike is also going to fix up the brick work at the top. I’m so pleased with how it’s looking. The original wood is so beautiful!

About Barton Farms and Gardens

My husband and I are bringing an old family farm back to life while simultaneously working full-time jobs and raising two kids. It's a gas!
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