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.
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?
Linking to: Reasons to Skip the Housework/ The Gypsy's Corner/ A bowl full of lemons/ Funky Junk Interiors/ My Romantic Home/ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating/ It's a Hodgepodge Life/ French Country Cottage/ Fingerprints on the Fridge/ Tidy Mom/, A Little Knick Knack/ The Shabby Nest/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ Somewhat Simple/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ The Shabby Chic Cottage/ Tip Junkie/ The Gypsy's Corner/ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/ Type A Decorating/ Not Just a Housewife/ Savvy Southern Style/ A Beach Cottage/ Sew Much Ado/ Blue Cricket Design/ We are That Family/ New Nostalgia/ Homemaker on a Dime/ Boogieboard Cottage/ Dittle Dattle/ Keeping it Simple/ The Tattered Tag/ The DIY Showoff/ Between Naps on the Porch