Good Bye 1960. Shiplap Meets Art Deco -Update Wood Paneled Family Room
I was so tired of the wood paneling even though I had taken good care of it and oiled it over the years. It was the affordable and popular paneling of the sixties. I don't have a single decorator's gene in my body but the look was so dated I hated to enter the room. A simple painting would look like I had painted it and I didn't want that. I did do that in a basement room, and that's a cheap look. I checked into wallpaper but that wasn't going to cut it either. I didn't have the money to remove the panels and sheetrock whatever is under it, or go to that expense. I've been thinking about and fussing about this for several years.
I love the shiplap look but my panels are vertical. Then when I thought about it I decided it would be a great look. I won't kid you, it was a lot of work; but I love the room and the new look. It was not a fast or easy fix but it is one that is beautiful as well as classy. It has lightened up the room. I will chalk paint the antique china hutch and the built-in cabinets soon.
Pride may go before the fall but I love this new room.
This always takes much longer than you want.
Newspapers on the floor. Knee braces on the old knees.
I wanted to wash off all the oil I had put on the wood over the years.
By painting some of the stripes carefully, then masking with tape after they were dried, the last two walls were much easier. Also, I didn't need as much tape and I made fewer mistakes.
Just use a business card to make sure it is square.
You only need 5 different grays. I bought 3 and mixed them as I went.
It is random and some grays cover earlier mistakes. One of the two stripes that look alike were different, but I repainted one with a different gray.
A smaller room wouldn't have taken 9 days. I also had to move furniture around because we were still using this room. You can see the difference where new meets old.