Monday, June 13, 2011

Living Room, Before and After

I thought I'd take some time to show photos of our second house, which was built in approximately 1850.  we had a huge living room.  The living room used to be an enclosed porch.  Sometime in the past, it was made into a more permanent addition to the house.

All of these photos are from "before blogging" and before I was better with the camera, so keep that in mind.  Also, this was a very difficult room to photograph, as it had eleven windows (yes, eleven!). 

Here it is, in all it's dark, wood paneled splendor:

It had very dark walls, and a dark floor that really needed to be refinished.

The first thing we did was to paint the plaster ceilings white, in between the beams.  You can see how dark the old ceiling was:

We also decided to prime and paint the paneling.  We used Kilz to prime, since it's a stain blocker.  Kilz goes on very thin, so this took for.ev.er.

We always hear criticism about painting this paneling, but it was just too dark and dreary for us, even with eleven windows.  
Handy Man painted the inside of these wall nooks white to freshen them up.  These nooks were the inspiration to the nooks he built into our living room walls in our current home for my Hummels, and Rob's treasures.

We painted the room a light shade of beige, and left the trim woodwork natural. 
Rob used paint thinner to clean up the old woodwork, it was very dirty and smudged.  He also built some baseboard to go around the room and put a dark stain on it to match the rest of the dark wood.  (See above photo, no baseboard).

This was a very lonnnnng project, but here are the after photos.  If you look closely, you can see the new baseboard.  Rob did a great job matching the existing trim:

Please pardon all the toys strewn about.  I took these pictures when Handy Boy was a wee one, and his toys were all over the place.  Don't worry, when we staged the house to sell, I put his toys away!  

I wish I had better "after" photos, but I think you can tell how much all the painting brightened the room.  We refinished nearly all of the wood floors in the rest of the house (also a huge job), but decided to put carpet in this room.  We prefer hardwood floor, but wanted a change and tried the carpet.


What do you think? Have you ever painted wood paneling?
  
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37 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

WONDERFUL NEW JOB!! Congrats to you both and hubby sure did a magnificent work on everything, it looks wonderful! Lots of hugs. FABBY

Chibiko said...

It looks Fantastic! You guys did a great job!!

gin said...

I've never painted wood paneling and hope I never have to; however, I grew up in a home with wood paneling and at the age of five I thought it was too dark!

Stacey said...

Looks so nice and bright! I have painted paneling several times and with all the nooks and crannies, it takes forever. I don't know why it does, but it does and it was a painstaking process. I really thought it would never end. It is worth it though as it turned out great! Your looks so nice - must have been ages with a room that size!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a change! I think it makes the room feel so much airier & fresh! I think it was a great decision! Angie xo

Mary Ellen said...

Amazing what a little paint can do!

Looks great!

Debbie~refreshrestyle.com said...

It looks great, so much lighter and brighter! I didn't even see any paint on his clothes, if I painted with a black shirt on and light paint~you'd know what color I used!
Debbie

Julie Kay said...

I am all for painting wood paneling! Big improvement to your living room. The first year I was married my husband and I moved into a house in which every wall (EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY WALL!) was dark wood paneling. We painted them all before moving in and it made a huge difference in the feel of the house. It went from dark, dreary, and dated to light and airy with the colors we chose. Also, following the advice of an experienced painter friend we washed the walls with sos pads and TSP cleaner (trisodium phosphate). Basically it just took the perfect smoothness out of the paneling so that the primer would stick better.

BluBabesCreate said...

Hard Work!

Scrappy Gal said...

I miss that house :) That was my favorite room!! And, I remember when you installed the carpet...Bryce christened it right away! ;)

I liked the lighter paint...it made the room come together & much much brighter.

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Of course, you were right!It's night and day, literraly!

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

That's a fabulous makeover. So glad you shared it, and didn't let the toys and the fact that it was from a previous time, keep you from posting.

I have painted plenty of wood paneling. The important thing is to use a good primer, one that will seal up the stain, and especially the knots, for good! The primer needs to have shellac in it to do that job. Sometimes there is old nicotine on the paneling that isn't visible until you start painting and it bleeds though. But not if the primer is good. Kilz stinks, and is "aptly named." Super ventilation and/or a serious face respirator are the order of the day.

Keeping the wood trim gave you the charm of the wood but the light you wanted. Good call.

We all love those before and afters because they are so encouraging. Keep it up!

abeachcottage said...

It looks so much brighter now. You did a wonderful job, the room looks great.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Thanks everyone. Yes, it was a lot of work.

Julie Kay, I can't imagine moving into a house with ALL paneling!

Barbara, yes, Kilz is stinky stuff, but boy, does it work!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what a great transformation! I think painting dark wood paneling makes a room look so much bigger and brighter. Great job!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

How lovely! A true metamorphosis.

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the cape on the corner said...

oh yes, i've painted panelling. actually, i've primed it. then we decided to just tear it down and put up drywall. it was in my sunroom, and this way is much better.

i love that you painted it-your room looks so much more bright and cheerful that way!

Jill said...

yes! Paint that wood paneling! I love the look of the grooves all covered up in a pretty color :) Looks great - very light and bright.

Linda said...

Wow!! It looks fantastic.

Jil Casey said...

Painting made all the difference! Great redo!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

The room looks great!!
I HAVE painted wood paneling before! My small Den off the back of the house was origianlly done in wood paneling with a chevron design. I painted over it about 10 years ago and i was glad that i did.
Great job!

Hugs,
Debbie

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, wow, that does look like a TON of work. I would have had to paint it, too, though--too cave-like for me to deal with. Looks like a much more pleasant room to hang out in afterwards!

Katie Newcomb said...

Looks fantastic! I love that you painted the paneling but left the window frames and ceiling beams dark, the contrast is great.

Ispirato Design said...

I've painted just about everything including wood paneling! Your room turned out great- I would have painted it too- so much brighter and inviting.

The Not So Functional Housewife said...

Nice job! It did really brighten your living room up. It looks nice and cozy.

Anonymous said...

No criticism here, dolly. I adore painted wood! Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

All that painting and hard work really paid off. Your room looks so much lighter and brighter now. I have never painted wood panelling but I do love to paint!

Meg said...

You're right, the paint really brightened the room. I would love a room with that many windows! You did a great job restoring the dark wood as well. I would totally paint paneling if it would help lighten a space! Also, I'm never a fan of covering up hardwood, but in a space where you want to relax and enjoy company, carpet is the way to go!

Comeca Jones said...

So much brighter!

Ava said...

Wow, What an improvement, Love the lighter paint, Clever husband and wife duo xx Ava

Ava said...

Wow, What an improvement, Love the lighter paint, Clever husband and wife duo xx Ava

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I love that you left the woodwork stained. I'm trying to save our 100 year old stained woodwork, and a big part of me wants to just paint it, but I think it will be worth it in the end.

Diane said...

Wow...amazing what a coat of paint can do to a room. I love the painted look. Diane

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Linda Q said...

Alot of work but great results, sure lightened up the room! Well done!
Linda

JudyBug said...

Some friends of ours painted their paneling and it does make a huge difference doesn't it? Love your room!

Jen said...

We painted our living room when we moved in as well-- it was the FIRST thing that needed to be done. I said "Ooh, it's like a vampire's den in there" b/c of the super dark wood walls and the burgundy carpet. Now I LOVE it and actually really love the grooved texture of the walls!

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