Don't paint it.

Over the past year, I have picked up quite a few old wood pieces (a cigar table, a chair, a frame, etc.) that I bought with the expressed intent of painting. However, once I got them home, I was reluctant to cover up the original wood. I love love love the look of wood - especially when used as structural elements in a home, ie. beams and floors. Here are some photos that have been inspiring me lately to keep it natural.