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Monday, July 8, 2013

Paint Panelling??? Yes YOU CAN!

A week ago I decided to bite the bullet and paint the panelling in our family room. Something I have been thinking about doing since we moved into our home fourteen years ago. Well I don't really know what got into me a week ago Sunday, but I suddenly decided that the panelling would be painted. I did a quick Google search, (what did we do before Google???) to see what I needed to do, and I was so amazingly impressed at the transformation of the room pictured in the "how to paint panelling" piece I read online that I was sold on the idea and immediately headed off to Menards. I was not sure what my final wall color would be but figured I could still apply the oil based primer, which I did, and the transformation was amazing, I knew I had made the right decision.  I decided to put blue on two walls, the same color I used in the kitchen, and then did the other walls in an off white called, Down Comforter. I painted the window and door trim in semi-gloss white. I am so in love with my new room, the change from dingy, gloomy, darkness to crisp, clean and bright is fabulous.  Why did I wait fourteen years to do this???

The book shelves, I left the wood alone and feel that it contrasts nicely with the light blue. I purchased the rocking chair this past spring for $50 from Ben's girlfriend's parents, they were having a moving sale. The rocking chair was Autumns, dad's, great grandmothers and they believe it was made in the 1880's. The chair is sturdy, rocks wonderfully, and is beautifully carved. 

I can now see my mantle clock, it no longer blends into the panelling!

The sofa looks so much nicer against a light, bright wall  and the crucifix is no longer camouflaged  by the panelling.

The room ties in nicely with the kitchen, I am glad that I kept the paint cards after painting the rest of the downstairs rooms a year and half ago, it made it easy to get the correct color mixed.

I just love the white window frames, the valance looks so much perkier with the blue walls. And, can you believe how amazingly green everything is outside, this is what happens when Indiana is blessed with daily rain showers in summer time :)

This picture, from Christmas time, shows the room in its's former state, as you can see it was rather dark and dingy.


Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I have painted more than my fair share of paneling. Who ever thought that stuff was a good idea? I do like the old knotty pine wood paneling.

Rebecca said...

What a difference! I imagine it feels larger, too. It's a very welcoming room. I'm sure you're enjoying it.

VickyF said...

Wow, what a difference! Our downstairs is all dark paneling and I would love to lighten it up.

Would you be willing to share what website you looked at?

Bean said...

Hi Vicky,

Here is the link. The oil based primer is KEY - it will look patchy after you have applied it, but boy does the latex paint attach to it nicely. I used pittsburg paint for the latex, I liked how it covered evenly.
So, one coat of primer, then two coats of latex.
Take the plunge, I am still awed by how much nicer our family room looks. It is so light and airy and pleasant it has truly brightened up the whole back of the house.


Bethany W. said...

Great room redo! That's nice and bright!


Bean said...

Thanks Bethany, it is SOOOOOOO MUCH better than the dark gloominess of the paneling and we all love the room now.