Is it oak, walnut, cherry, poplar or pine? If it's not a nice hardwood
or not very ornate, it would probably be cheaper to replace it than it
would be to remove it, strip it, refinish it and replace it.
It is quite possibly ugly underneath.
To do a good job of stripping the paint off, you will have to remove the
Unless the trim is old and beautiful underneath I'd replace it.
If you are talented you could grain the trim (put a fake wood finish on it).
I've seen this done when existing woodwork is of a nice design, but the
budget is too low to strip and refinish, or the wood has been damaged and
patched. Note that doing this will leave you open to ridicule from the next
set of owners.
I certainly second that! Stripping olds moldings would be a hellish job. I
think if I couldn't afford new ones I'd rather take an axe and a pocket
knife and cut down some trees and whittle some new moldings...I believe THAT
would be less work and look better.
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