Mahogany Wood: Paint It or Not?

The other day on Facebook I saw this picture of a GORGEOUS room from New England Home. The question here was, do you leave the mahogany in this room or paint it?


My heart flew out of “you know where” when I saw the word “paint” and “mahogany” in the same sentence. I’m sorry to be blunt but seriously, what knucklehead would paint over this gorgeous wood?????

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for painting over wood IF and I say IF – you have the dreaded orange wood in your home or dated oak or maple but NOT mahogany. That’s like putting ketchup on a filet mignon. Well I love ketchup but I know that it’s a faux pas to put it on a really good steak.

The article goes on to say that a young family wanted to update the room from a Dad’s Den to basically a glorified bonus room. Which I do understand. Younger families have kids to accommodate, to make safe and they need a kid friendly room – I get that. However, can you have saved this room for a “mom and dad” zone and give the kids another room?

Take a look on the link I have above to see how they painted this room. It’s white and gray and in a VERY high gloss.

High gloss? This is like a triple whammy. Not only did they paint a rich wood, and in lifeless gray and white for a kids room – not very kid friendly if you ask me – but they chose a high gloss paint! I guess they can always hose down the room when the kids are done playing.

What are your thoughts about this? Do you put ketchup on your fillet mignon?

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10 Responses to Mahogany Wood: Paint It or Not?

  1. Interesting! I have a similar room (white ceiling, dark paneling in a similar style but not solid mahogany) – I’ve so far resisted painting. Mine seems to have restful bookish atmosphere I like, but I’m told I may need to paint when I want to sell. In the house in your photo – I’ll bet future owners will be restoring it someday, just like in Arts-and-Crafts homes now are thrilled to find quarter-sawn white oak under layers of paint.

    • Donna Frasca says:

      It sounds like you can do so much with your room. Your white ceiling will really help and think of the great, colorful area rugs and furniture options you have to brighten that room. Yes, once the owners of that home are empty nesters, they’ll want their cozy room back. Hope they have a good 401K 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Argh. I wouldn’t paint mahogany, or any “fine” wood. They can be rejuvenated. With proper lighting and furnishings, this empty room could be transformed into a light and bright space.

  3. I went to the piece, and said my piece. And to you I’d say “Don’t ever let those homeowners or that designer near my house!”

  4. Donna Frasca says:

    My house would be haunting me for years if I covered up that would Cheryl. I’m with you. Let’s here it for mahogany! I’m just not a fan of painting wood – even it it’s that nasty dreaded orange wood in the kitchen that I talk about all the time – stain it. I’ll preserve the life and energy in the wood.

  5. susanmp14 says:

    I tried to open the link of New England home that you have but it was blank. I really wanted to see the disaster, but couldn’t. Did anyone else have a problem with it?

    • Donna Frasca says:

      Try again. I was able to open it just now. I still can’t believe that they painted over this wood. I’m still getting feedback on twitter, here and on facebook about this – phone calls too! I bet the Designers that said painting it gray is a good idea are a bit red in the face right now.

  6. Di says:

    The end result is purely dreadful! I would have nightmares.

  7. Terry says:

    I’m not a huge fan of cherry or any wood with a reddish tone, so I wouldn’t be entirely against painting over mahogany; although as Donna Frasca suggested I might try stripping and restaining the “would” a more subdued, neutral color first. That said, I do think the white paint gives it a friendlier, more “farmhouse” vibe than the room that evokes powdered wigs and a don’t-touch-anything persona. The combination of white and gray is interesting but I wouldn’t have gone with a high-gloss sheen, even for scrubability purposes with it being a child’s playroom, as this makes it appear almost as formal. Softer, matte finishes – maybe eggshell at most – and choosing a gray stone rather than white marble for the fireplace surround, would have created a more relaxed, playable atmosphere imo.

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