Sounds like most of my projects. I'm in Tampa and as you note, the
look of natural wood just doesn't work well with the "Florida style".
Most of my stuff is made of poplar, MDF, plywood, and for outdoor
pieces, pressure treated. I build it and SWMBO paints it. I once made
some hand mirrors out of hard maple as gifts, and they got painted to
match the recipients decor.
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