We are facing a challenging question - whether or not to paint out the interior trim in our 1912 Craftsman-esque house.
It has PILES of stained fir trim. This means wide baseboards, crown moldings, mantles, window frames and door casings. We have some questions, and would really welcome some input.
1) What would be authentic to the era? The fir wood isn't particularly nice looking - it's coarse-grained and doesn't take stain very well, so would it have originally meant to be painted? The trim seems to have a polyurethane finish on it, so it may not be authentic. A modern addition on the back had trim custom milled to match - lots and lots of reddish brown fir trim. We have looked around the neighborhood to see what is authentic, but there seems to be a real mishmash of examples - painted, not painted, partially painted.
2) Would it be terrible to paint only the crown molding to match the ceiling colour? Even though the ceilings are about 9 feet high, the dark band of trim really accentuates the line between wall and ceiling.
3) Is this an all-or-nothing proposition? Could we paint some rooms (i.e. the living/dining room) for a more refined look and leave the more informal areas (kitchen/family room) as wood for a warmer more informal look? Or, is this just a bad idea?
PLEASE HELP! Anything people have to say is helpful. Thanks, David.