I recently moved to an older house that has interior casings, stair rails and other wood trim that has several (not sure how many) coats of stain and poly. Over the years the wood has also received small chips and scrapes. Instead of sanding and refinishing the wood I am considering filling in the small chips and painting over the stain/poly since it has been done in other areas of the house and is more pleasing to look at than the wood that is not painted. I also thought about ripping out the wood and replacing it, although that could get expensive. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? What is the best way to prepare the wood so the paint will stick, and not chip, peel, etc.
Any other thoughts would be welcomed.