Updating outdated dark wood trim in older house

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In my old house all of our trim is original wood and I’ll never paint it. Houses of this age are hard to come by in many cities and have unique features and characteristics that are not found in new builds. I love the fact that those people loved this trim as much as we do and am thankful it’s not painted. While we’re not sure what month, that makes our abode far older than any home I’ve ever lived in. And I’m not about to change it what I love most about my house. Not any of the previous four owners of this home had painted it and we won’t either.I had to work up to it, so I trained by painting all of the other trim in the house. trim shows up more and looks way better than it did before.The upstairs, the kitchen and the dining room all have painted trim. Everything looks cleaner, bigger and more open with the trim painted and strangely … I don’t know how that works, I’m not a brain scientist. Plus the rooms look twice as big because the painted trim makes the walls look bigger instead of having all that wood chop up the room at every window door and entryway.In a nutshell (a small one, like a hazelnut) I planned on redecorating and painting my house in the spring, moved the task to the fall and now have precisely 10 days to get everything done before I host Thanksgiving. I got to work on the trim right away but it ended up taking me over a week to do because I’m having to squish it in after work.I’ve been wanting to paint the original trim in the front portion of my house since I moved in over 15 years ago but honestly I just didn’t have the nerve.No need to fix it or re-stain it, just dust once in a while. This photo below is in the kitchen, part of which has been remodeled and has different trim, except this doorway.

Interior design isn’t just about creating a home that looks new and current.

For this reason, and in all our projects, we maintain the integrity of our old house. Second, we’ll never paint it because it looks like this. When you have curtains on the windows, some of the trim gets partially covered. Original wood trim, let alone in this condition is hard to find in old houses.

These are various pictures in the front foyer over the years, seasons and holidays. These photos are in the dining room, which has pocket doors and a large window seat with hidden storage. This is not intentional, it’s just how I like to hang curtains. The trim is shiny, lacks nicks, divots, holes or blemishes and it’s amazing it survived so well this long.

Another approach is to use pieces and accents that feel inspired by the garden, such as wood with a patina, woven baskets, linen and even vintage house numbers. Old homes built on quirky lots often have some unusual room layouts, and can have long, narrow spaces that seem hard to work with.

The soft, rustic vibe naturally suits a well-worn home. Break a rectangle into multiple square zones for better functionality, using area rugs to define zones visually and open-sided furniture like benches to bridge multiple adjoining seating areas.

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