The demand for our craftsmen to paint stained woodwork is increasing substantially here at H.J. Holtz & Son. Whether it is a wall, trim details, a bookcase or cabinets we can change the look of your home. A little paint can provide relief from the wood, create a clean look, brighten the room and sometimes can make it look more formal. Even just a little painted trim can make a huge difference.

Styles change over the years and color preferences and decor vary from person to person. If you have dark wood where you would prefer a brighter, lighter environment, you don’t have to grin and bear it merely because you’ve been told it is impossible to paint light over dark successfully. With proper preparation and the right paint and company, you can have a redesigned look.

Our craftsman first wipe down the wood with a degreaser because many people use wax to clean and moisturize wood. In addition the moisture on your hands leaves residue that needs to be removed so the degreaser addresses these issues. Then we sand and use a primer that promotes adhesion. We like Sherwin Williams Extreme Primer, Zinsser Pigmented Shellac and Stix. It is very important to let it dry overnight and cure, then it can be painted any finish the customer chooses. The difference is overwhelming.

Below are some gorgeous photos of our customers painted stained woodwork. If you are interested in updating your home or just wanting a change call us for a free estimate or visit our Design Studio for many more ideas of how to improve your home.

painted stained woodwork

These two toned grey painted cabinets blend beautifully with the stone backsplash, stainless steel appliances and pewter lighting. They brighten the kitchen and create an inviting atmosphere. Benjamin Moore AF-685 Thunder (upper cabinets) and Benjamin Moore HC-168 Chelsea Gray (lower cabinets).

painted stained woodwork

This faux finished room was once a dark stain wood. The distressed finish not only opens the room but also gives it an antiqued look. Plus the wallpapered ceiling adds dimension and interest.

faux finished room


The bright white trim of the railing and risers accentuates the wood on the stairway creating a cleaner and more modern look. Benjamin Moore White 01.

faux finished room

The dark wood paneling surrounding the fireplace painted off-white creates a much larger space. The window trim and mullions were also painted in the same color to maintain a unified look. Having a neutral space lets you add a pop of color with your furniture or accessories. Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin 2004.

Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin

These grey bathroom cabinets blend beautifully with the marble floor and countertop. The light fixtures, faucets and knobs accent the color. Farrow and Ball Blackened 2011.

Farrow and Ball Blackened

This blue front door in a wonderful accent against the brick exterior.  When it is opened into the entrance it blends beautifully with the rest of the home.  

Clearly, when you paint stained woodwork, the results can be beautiful, practical, and rejuvenating all at the same time. If you’re wondering how this technique might be used in your home or business, just give us a call. We’d be happy to host you at our one-of-a-kind design studio to see this technique first hand. Use the form below to contact us, or just give a call at (814) 358-4109.