Paint or stain the wood...which one?

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Project by Chris posted 347 days ago 825 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I look at wood differently. I say stain and let the grain show through. She says paint and add some color! What say you? These are two Sue Mey designs (I gave credit to wrong designer last time…) Sorry.

-- Chris, Virginia,

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#1 posted 347 days ago

For me stain is best, but I’ll be the first to admit there are times when paint works best.

On the examples you provided, I like the painted version best.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 347 days ago

My first inclination is to go with stain, but you’ve proven me wrong on that with your painted version. Paint, IMHO, wins hands down.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 347 days ago

Personally I like the painted version best, BUT, I am a colour person. I do also love the natural finish and I really believe that it all depends on what effect you are after.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#4 posted 347 days ago

They both have their place and like the others that have posted I like the painted one in this case.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 346 days ago

I understand what you go through…my wife is a paint artist. But I really like the the bright look of these designs when they are painted. I am doing a couple like these but of sea life.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 346 days ago

With paint it looks more like a painting. With stain it looks more like woodworking. Either works, but as a woodworker I prefer the stain and I think it is more subtle with the woodgrain showing though and not to color bright. I suggest you do both to keep your wife and yourself happy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 346 days ago

Thanks for the comments. If Momma is happy, everyone is happy. Where are my paint brushes….?

-- Chris, Virginia,

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#8 posted 344 days ago

Paint makes it stand out but the stain is good to.

-- Todd

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#9 posted 273 days ago

I think paint… Just my opinion…

-- Ed Port Republic

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