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Monday, August 02, 2010

On Fire

This morning I woke up, bound and determined to get to work on the project I have been hemming and hawing over since November.

The dining room.  Or, as Chloe calls it, the "dinner for Sunday room."

We stripped the wallpaper way back before Thanksgiving, and what I found underneath effectively stopped the project for months.  I finally started fixing cracks in May, primed over all the water damage in June, and Joel taped it off and got it ready for painting a month or so ago.

Except, I couldn't decide what the heck to do with it.  I finally went to the paint store this weekend and looked at all the options and came up with an Italian Fresco texture-type treatment for the top part of the walls.  I'm still stumped about the bottom, which has that awful fake dark paneling on it.  I want to paint it, but I don't know how to deal with the trim.


Kid's Christmas Corner


Here's a picture from Christmas.  You can see how the trim and chair rail is a beautiful oak.  We don't want to paint that at all, although I think I'm not adverse to painting the chair rail if necessary.  Just not the trim around the doors and windows.  (I have 3 windows, an big arch and a doorway in this room that are all trimmed with the gorgeous oak.)  But the ugly paneling absolutely has to be painted.

Today I finished texturing the entire top half of the walls, and the texture looks great!  It's going to be painted a nice golden yellow color, hopefully by the end of this week.  And then I need to know what the heck to do with the bottom half of the walls.

What say ye, blogland?

14 comments :

  1. I'm always impressed with the way you Craftify your stuff. I need to hire you to come and help me. I'm home-craft-fix-up challegnged. I'd say, try and stip the paneling (my sister calles that stuff Ski-lodge paneling) and see if you can strip the finish off of the real wood. Who knows maybe you'll find something underneith all that varnish. You could also consult the Google and see what the style was in the 1920s, as that's when you've said your house was built. :)

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  2. Man, I have no idea. I am such a moron when it comes to stuff like this.

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  3. I say I want to see pictures when it's done. That's all though-I have nothing to offer in the way of advice.

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  4. I say go ahead and paint the paneling white or ivory and try and leave the chair railing as it is and see how it looks. If it looks odd with the paneling painted white, then paint it white too. But I think it could look awesome just leaving the railing and trim as is with white or ivory paneling.

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  5. My parents always just pull the paneling out. It will probably mean more of the same work ahead- but the end result is nicer than painting over it. I vote to get rid of the paneling entirely.

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  6. Oh and you can still leave the chair rail up, in fact I'd recommend it so you don't have to re-do the top when you are done. You may have to take it out and put it back to get the paneling off, but the chair rail is definitely a nice touch that you should leave.

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  7. I say, never, ever take DeNae's decorating advice. I know, it's a paradox, but it has served me well.

    BTW, I thought of you & Joel today. I dropped my son off at one end of a shopping center parking lot with instructions to buy himself a sandwich and then start walking over to where I was at McD picking up my daily Diet Coke (don't judge). I was surprised at how quickly he made it across the lot and back to the car. But then I thought, "Well, with all the traffic and winding aisles in this lot, I can't really drive much faster than ANDANTE."

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  8. I say -- don't touch the wood with a paint brush! It's absolutely gorgeous. With the paint color and texture you describe the room should be stunning. If you really can't get enough of the home improvement thing, hire someone to strip the wood and refinish it and plan to go on vacation while it happens :) (My 2 cents)

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  9. Paint it a shade lighter or darker than what you are painting the top. If you hate it take it out. Good luck!

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  10. If I had a decorating bone in my body, I would offer a suggestion, but I am excited to see what you come up with

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  11. Can you post pictures so we can see? It might be easier if we can visualize it. Ok, well, not that i'll have anything to add, but maybe someone else will

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  12. My new favorite show is called Sarah's House -- go see pictures here:

    http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/a-look-inside-sarahs-house/pictures/index.html

    Look at the farmhouse dining room, and swoon.

    This doesn't really help you, but, oh, my goodness, it's gorgeous. It's been my inspiration for a while now.

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  13. Our house was built around the same time as yours, and in the bathroom we have a similar paneling (ours is bead board, which I think is older than what you've got, but the same idea). I've seen the same stuff in a billion houses built in the 20s, and it seems that the most attractive ones are painted white or a light color that contrasts with the wall color (which I usually see darker than the bead board). It looks great, and hides any flaws of the paneling, and really sets off the wall color nicely. Our paneling in the bathroom would be very tasteful if it didn't go with ugly wallpaper above it. Ah, rentals.

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  14. I wish I had some helpful ideas. But I will just say - once you do it, I'm sure it will look amazing. Make sure to take pictures!

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