It’s about paint.
Please, stick with me here.
As you know, we are replacing our living room carpet with bamboo flooring. When choosing the flooring we decided to go with a really, really light, natural color. You see, the room previously had white carpet and white walls, and it was all very bright and airy, and I liked it. The only thing not all white and airy was/is the baseboard and window trim, both of which are very, very oak.
When choosing the new flooring we decided not to go with oak for a few reasons. First, as I already said, we liked the light and airy thing. Second, we figured we’d never be able to match the flooring perfectly to the baseboard and it would look like we tried but failed. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, I don’t want a living room that looks like an LDS cultural hall.
Most churches have what they call a fellowship hall, I believe. LDS churches, on the other hand, have what we call a cultural hall. This is just what we call it. What it actually is, however, is a gym. Specifically? It is a basketball court.
LDS church building sizes are determined by the number of people in the congregation(s) that will be meeting in them. If your congregation is large, you get a full-court cultural hall. If your congregation in small, you get a half-court cultural hall. If your congregation is unusually small, you get no cultural hall at all. The men in these congregations weep, and put a fiery emphasis on missionary work.
At any rate, I didn’t want my living room to look like a basketball court minus the nets and foul line, you know? I also didn’t want it to look like the interior of a log cabin.
So we picked a light, natural, airy wood and a nice new paint color, and . . . oh my word. I think I might have to paint the oak trim white to make it all work.
Here is the problem: I don’t paint perfectly nice woodwork, even if it is oak and I am not the biggest fan of oak. On principle I just don’t do it. People who paint perfectly good, quality woodwork are evil. I am not evil. I don’t want to be evil.
What should I do? Oh, what should I dooooooooooooooo??????
Here are some pictures so that you can get an idea of what is going on before you tell me what to do:
This is the living room after we took the carpet out, but before we did anything else. You’d think I would have taken a picture before we moved the furniture out and took the carpet up, but I always forget to do that whenever we do a home improvement project. Anyway, the border at the top is painted on, and I like it, and I want to keep it there. Here is a close up of the border:
But the green isn’t the problem. It’s the flooring. No, it’s the oak trim. I’m not sure if it works with the flooring. Especially when you consider that all the furniture that goes back into that room is also wood, none of which matches the oak or the floor. I don’t mind that it doesn’t match the floor, but I’m afraid it will make the oak look extra out of place. Anyway, here is what we have so far (the floor is not actually installed at all, I just put a few planks down for effect):
Since I have left that white border with the pianos at the top, should I paint the baseboard white as well? This would also mean painting the window trim on the front wall white. And, as I said, I don’t paint perfectly good woodwork, even if it is oak.
Not that there is anything inherently wrong with oak. I don’t revile people who decorate with oak. It just isn’t my first choice. Actually, it would probably be my last choice. That notwithstanding, it is still good woodwork in good condition and, therefore, does not deserve to be painted.
Will it work just fine as is? Am I worrying about nothing? What if I paint over the border and do the whole wall green? Would that make the oak work better?
Imagine that light, airy flooring surrounded by the oak trim and housing a bunch of darker wood furniture. The piano actually isn’t too much darker, but it is brown rather than oak-orange. The rest of it is darker.
What have I done????? What should I do?????
This all would have undoubtedly come out in a more entertaining fashion, but I am also fighting a headache and some massive sound sensitivity at the moment. So, sorry about that.
Anyway, I need ideas and opinions by tonight because the flooring is going in Saturday. This means, if I have to paint the oak I must do it tomorrow at the latest.