"It's a sin to paint oak!"
To which I responded, "Is it a sin to paint maple or pine? Then I'm in BIG trouble!"
Clearly it's a matter of preference. I happen to know a lady whose entire house is decorated with her beloved cherry. She could probably care less if I painted oak.
My Instagram follower has been a terrific customer and I hope she is hearing my humor in all of this. FYI Anna, that fabulous pine sideboard we painted for you? I would have sanded the stain right off of it, scrubbed it to within an inch of its life and maybe even bleached it out to leave it with that raw scrubbed pine finish. But that's just me.
So here's what I'm currently painting:
An oak reproduction icebox.
A maple chest of drawers .
A newer pine armoire.
Here user some things I am NOT painting:
An antique oak store display cabinet.
An antique pine barn door.
A mid century maple card catalog.
So, there you go. As always, it depends on what floats your boat, and having the wisdom to know when to leave well enough alone to preserve the true value of a piece.
I'm so thankful the good Lord does not view me through oak colored glasses. Wink, wink.