Perhaps it is because I grew up in a pine forest, but I have a preference for pine furniture. I love knotty pine with a dark stain and a lacquer finish. Always I want the natural wood to shine through.
When my friend Craig made it to Vice-Principal, he was given an empty 10×12 office and told he would have to supply his own furniture. He went all out and bought a mega desk with a side table and a fancy hutch. He also bought matching file cabinets, a matching conference table and 6 chairs. They were all in beautiful knotty pine.
Craig invited his friends in to see his new office and we arrived with appropriate “desk warming” gifts — I took an assortment of sticky notes. As we sat at the table “blessing” the office with a soft-drink toasts, Kirk said, “It’s too bad they didn’t provide you with better furniture. We could have another party and paint all this stuff white for you.” Suddenly there was silence in the room, we all stared at Kirk. He realized he’d said something wrong and queried, “What? We could do black if you’d rather, but I think that would make the room look smaller.”
So, what about you? Are you into natural wood, or do you want your furniture painted?