To Paint Or Not To Paint?



After seeing the above image in Traditional Home magazine, it got my wheels turning.  I have a beautiful dining table and chairs that were purchased early on in our marriage.  Although I still love the traditional look, I always wondered “what if the chairs were painted  a tone of white?”

Our dining area is not large and with a mahogany inlayed sideboard (I took the top cabinet off), table, and chairs it is too rich and tonal for my taste now (I think;).  I added linen Captain chairs a few years ago in hopes to break up all the wood, but it just isn’t “right” to my eye. Or am I overanalyzing?

Here are a few images of my dining room during Christmas.


*The lighting will change and the drapery will get a “refresh”*


 More pictures of my dining room can be found here and here.



I’ve scoured the internet looking at images with white”ish” chairs paired with traditional mahogany tables and I quite like them. However, when admiring pictures, one has to remember that the scale of the room, wall colors, etc. might be different than yours. What might look great in someone else’s space might not work in your space.



Another question I always ask myself when making a decision like this is “will it still be relevant years from now?”  The chairs are Hickory Chair…not high end, but not inexpensive either, so I am trying not to be impulsive (tricky for me:).

Then, I see images like the one below and start re-thinking my decision! Ack!  I could change the fabric on the seats, but I’m not sure that is the answer? I like the color in my room as well, but maybe lightening it up would help the heaviness of the wood?.  Another note…there is a lot of white happening around all the wood in the pic below, so the look doesn’t feel so heavy. Hmmmm…


I would love to hear your thoughts as I am all over the place;) I think if I had a grander dining room I might keep all the wood with the linen captains chairs, but I don’t and have to love where I live…right?  So, let me know what your thoughts are. Team White or Team Mahogany? Or, if you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them!

Thanks for helping this indecisive gal out;)!



  1. Kristen
    September 29, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Team Mahogany!

  2. Carole K Harper
    October 2, 2016 / 8:37 am

    It’s a big gamble painting the chairs white. Once its done it’s done. Refinishing them when you no longer like the look could be daunting. Team mahogany. ✌️

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