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Forum topic by Russel posted 06-17-2008 10:06 PM 1314 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2008 10:06 PM

The Mrs. watches this show on HGTV called Design Star and just now as I was watching the tape with her, these “designers” decided to ‘fix’ a table. This was, and I cannot emphasize “was” enough, a beautiful, natural edge, single plank dining room table. AND THEY PAINTED IT.

Oh the horror.

Somebody ought to stop these people.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 06-17-2008 10:14 PM

...yep I got to agree…

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#2 posted 06-17-2008 10:22 PM

i agree to. thats like the story Sam Maloof tells of how on his first commission against his will the designer had him stain his walnut chairs. the people didn’t like it though. i wonder who comes and tells these people that this stuff looks good!

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#3 posted 06-17-2008 10:24 PM

When they tack together some plywood or No. 3 pine with a nail gun and create a piece of “furniture” which they paint, who cares? Paint is probably the only way to make it look acceptable. But when they take great wood in a great piece of furniture and desecrate it in the name of pop “design” – it just makes me sick.

-- Paul, Texas

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#4 posted 06-17-2008 10:35 PM

Paint? Scary!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 06-17-2008 10:53 PM


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#6 posted 06-18-2008 12:02 AM

we as woodworkers spend years and thousands of dollars on a perfect on piece board like that and they just take it and paint it! if woodworkers ruled the world that would be illegal :)

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#7 posted 06-18-2008 12:26 AM

Shame. I wonder what Ms Debbie thinks of it? :-)

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#8 posted 06-18-2008 01:14 AM

My wife and I actually tivo the series and watched that episode last night during dinner. Having an interior design degree and being a woodworker I jumped out of my skin not once but twice.

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#9 posted 06-18-2008 01:36 AM

I only watch those home “improvement” shows when I fly JetBlue, we don’t have television in our house, but every time I do I weep for the prospects of my society. I’m not at all surprised to hear that yet again some beautiful wood piece got slathered in paint because the colors of the moment dictated such.

But then I may have learned early, back in the ‘70s my mom painted a nice set of oak bookshelves, and in the ‘80s we spent quite a while stripping and refinishing them.

Interior designers and the suggestions they make are useful only in that they give you a really strong indication of things to not do.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#10 posted 06-18-2008 02:09 AM

how dare?

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 06-18-2008 03:04 AM

Paint is meant for plywood and MDF. Every time my wife wants me to make something so she can paint it, we have the same discussion. I only lost once, and I proved my point. Now if she wants something painted a color, we meet half way and I use colored stains. She get color and I don’t have to destroy a beautiful piece of wood with paint.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#12 posted 06-18-2008 03:07 AM


as part of the design community I must take offense to your generalized statement about interior designers.
”Interior designers and the suggestions they make are useful only in that they give you a really strong indication of things to not do” especially since you posted it directly below my post that states that I have a interior design background. Some people don’t realize that there is a huge difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator. The former requires 4 years of schooling from a FIDER accredited school and then one must pass the NCIDQ exam in order to truly call themselves an “interior designer”. A decorator doesn’t have the same background or schooling as a designer. Interior designers deal with more then just color and fabric (a common misconception), they deal with the total interaction people have with interiors spaces. Having actually watched the show in question I was horrified of what she did to that table so I am in agreement with you on that but lets leave generalization like you have made out of LJ.

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#13 posted 06-18-2008 03:16 AM

I saw that episode and was also sickened by that. I could not belive they took that beautiful table and ruined it and the tried to take a pained pice in the room and give it a very bad fake wood grain. who knows what they were thinking.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#14 posted 06-18-2008 03:58 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 06-18-2008 04:14 AM

Paint? Was Ms.DebbieP involved?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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