What to do with a small entry way room that's all pine!

Need to do something with all the pine! Looks so outdated,help
q what to do with a small entry way room that s all pine , foyer, home improvement, small home improvement projects, Everything in room is pine thinking about painting the top half the carpet is burger and mostly blue color
Everything in room is pine,thinking about painting the top half,the carpet is burger and mostly blue color.
q what to do with a small entry way room that s all pine , foyer, home improvement, small home improvement projects, This room is in the front of house but too dark even with the windows There are shelves going all around window with storage underneath the windows too any suggestions
This room is in the front of house,but too dark even with the windows. There are shelves going all around window,with storage underneath the windows too... any suggestions..
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  • Mary Mary on Oct 19, 2016
    paint it

  • William William on Oct 19, 2016
    You can paint the walls. But the grain is beautiful. I would white wash the wood similar to dry brushing. Lightly sand the wood to remove any shine. Mix 50/50 water and paint (any color you choose) Use a foam roller and paint the wood. Use a 4" brush for the details. Before the paint dries, wipe some of it off with a clean cloth the reveal some of the grain. Wipe with the grain.

  • DP DP on Oct 19, 2016
    I like the idea of sanding the boards and just use a dry brushing technique with a white or light grey to keep the wood grain.

  • Heather Mcnamara Heather Mcnamara on Oct 19, 2016
    we had the same problem and our pine was beginning to turn ghastly shade of orange. We painted it chalk white and the difference was amazing. The hallway looks so bright and clean now and gave us a blank canvas for rugs and photos.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 19, 2016
    Definitely go with the white wash effect.

  • Janet Devers Janet Devers on Oct 19, 2016
    I love pine but too much in a small space is dark. I would put up a chair rail and stencil everything underneath with a paint that would lighten but not hide the wood. Change the berber to a rug with lots of color. I love your window and shelves. Don't change them.

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Oct 19, 2016
    We had an entire entryway and living room with that wood! It was beautiful wood, but man was it dark in there. And like you said, outdated looking. We ended up painting it all white and I am so glad we did - what a difference. I'll add some pics so you can get an idea of what it would look like white.

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    • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Oct 25, 2016
      I did use a primer. Any primer would work, but because ours was the knotty pine with the SAP in it, I had to use BIN zinsser primer that is meant to cover SAP. Then just paint it with whatever color you want! Good luck. It was a project but totally worth it :)

  • DP DP on Oct 20, 2016
    another idea would be to sand them which would greatly lighten them then use a polycrylic which doesn't yellow over them and they would be lighter but still have the great beautiful wood design, if it isn't light enough then place a trim board near the middle and paint either the upper half or the bottom half leaving the rest natural wood. Myself I would hate to cover ALL that beautiful wood pattern in paint.

  • Marj Meakin Marj Meakin on Oct 20, 2016
    Get Frenchic paint wash with suger soap dry then paint no undercoat needed lots of colours

  • Karen Rae Lvine Karen Rae Lvine on Oct 20, 2016
    I know the wood is beautiful but I would take a deep breath and paint it white. The character will show through in the lines of the wood. I like CrazyDiyMom's transformation. I love the built-ins in your room and a coat of white would bring them all together for a "country cabinet look." If you don't like white, there are other light colors you could go with. I'm a fan of Annie Sloan Chalk paint. Maybe old white. It's a warm and neutral off-white. Good luck! I hope you can share the transformation.

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    • Karen Rae Lvine Karen Rae Lvine on Oct 20, 2016
      The Annie Sloan brand of chalk paint is only available through "stockists" but these "mom & pop" shops will usually have the paint available online. If you're lucky, there might be a shop near you. https://www.anniesloan.com/stockists/#/ You can bring in your photos and they might have other great ideas for you. I'm not an Annie Sloan sponsor or anything like that but I paint a lot and like Annie Sloan's product the best. Yes, it's expensive so you have to weigh the pros and cons. Chalk paint goes on easily, you don't have to sand or prime and it's water based so clean-up is easy. I also invested in an Annie Sloan brush. I'm no stranger to brushes and I like AS the best. It's relatively expensive, but so is any quality painter's brush The AS brush would be invaluable if you're going to paint all those grooves. You can also use a roller for the flat areas. AS also offers a wall paint but I haven't used it. With the chalk paint, you'll definitely have to paint two coats, and maybe a third since the wood is dark and you're using a light paint. For a whole room that could really drive the cost up. Maybe a good compromise would be to use a waterbased primer and latex paint, but use that good brush just for all those grooves-- less arm aches at the end of the day ;-) You've got a lot of great advice here. Whatever you do, I hope you have fun and get to enjoy that "did it myself" satisfaction. I just started a blog on my painting experiences: www.karenraelevine.com/blog. I haven't tried cabinets yet but it's on my list. :-)

  • Chr12725135 Chr12725135 on Oct 20, 2016
    Definitely paint. You could dry the dry wash and if it isn't enough its easy to add another coat of paint. Painted wood is all the rage

  • Adele DuranGO Adele DuranGO on Oct 20, 2016
    Yes, I agree with painting the pine -- But PLEASE, try a light wash FIRST. This way your wood grain & knots will show thru. We used a light grey wash -- watered down, quick dry-brush technique to lighten our screen porch. Yep, some folks might think it still looks dated due to the parquet -- but we LOVE this room now.

  • B1doyle B1doyle on Oct 20, 2016
    Some people really like pine wood paneling, but I am not one of them. I would definitely paint this but for me, it would still look like the wood paneling only painted. If you have some DIY help, thin 1/4 inch drywall fastened over the paneling will be easier than tearing out the paneling. Still, a lot of work. My husband once filled in the grooves of the paneling and then painted it using a textured paint. Good luck.

  • Marsha Marsha on Oct 20, 2016
    I would definitely paint the wood. The room with the shelving would be amazing if you painted it a light color and did a contrasting color to the back of the book shelves. Perhaps white walls with a light grey on the inserts.

  • Ter7128551 Ter7128551 on Oct 20, 2016
    white wash

  • Debbie Debbie on Oct 20, 2016
    You said this is an entryway. Is the door leading out or to another room? could it be replaced with a glass door that could probably bring in some more light? Really don't think you have any other option than to paint a light color. Would thin paint down with water and dry brush. that way you can control how much of the texture will come through. Good Luck!

  • Deb Norling Deb Norling on Oct 20, 2016
    Check out Unicorn Spit. It's a product that will give you lots of colorful options.

  • Carole Carole on Oct 20, 2016
    In our former home, we painted the paneling a light color and it made a huge difference. It brightened the room and gave it an updated look for not much money. If you prime the wood first, and then use a good quality paint in a neutral color, it transforms the space. Try it! (It's only paint!)

  • V Smith V Smith on Oct 20, 2016
    Paint is the best option, but do some research and find out if you need to treat the knots. Sometimes they continue to give up sap that will come thru the paint. You may need an oil based primer on the knots. Better to get it right the first time.

  • Sarah Davis Sarah Davis on Oct 20, 2016
    Turn it into wainscoting! Remove the top half of the paneling, install dry wall on top, and moulding where they meet. You could then paint, or leave the natural wood with a complementary color on the drywall.

  • MaryAnn McCollum McNees MaryAnn McCollum McNees on Oct 20, 2016
    I had paneled walls and a small budget. I put chair molding on the wall painted the top and left the bottom wood paneling alone. It worked great. Much lighter and brighter room.

  • Pauliegirl1 Pauliegirl1 on Oct 20, 2016
    I AGREE with everyone...PAINT....is your only option....well, unless you have an unlimited budget...LOL!! I would take OFF that decorative??scroll?? piece of wood above window....that is OUT DATED!! White/gray wash the top half, use chair railing, and PAINT (cover wood grain) the bottom half) OR vise-versa...to your liking... That way you have the best of both worlds!! You say your carpet is a "blue" berber??? Use a "blue" color, wallpaper, fabric, or just paint the back part of the shelves, as suggested...If you like blue....use it to decorate around the room/s...if 'that' blue (carpet) is not your favorite, use a navy, green, or even red or yellow to decorate with....just be careful with how much you use. You could also get a sisal rug, IF the berber color is not your thing....experiment....color pieces of paper, put around room, have fun...AND post your NEW look!!!

  • Tricia Jackson Jones Tricia Jackson Jones on Oct 20, 2016
    You might want to try this site for the door. http://www.myoverlays.com/

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Oct 20, 2016
    I did this with two rooms panelled exactly the same. Chemical and/or power sand. Paint two coats of Kilz. Paint two coats finish layer. I prefer satin finish over wood. It is a mess, takes time and must let coats dry, but the results are remarkable and permanent, no chips, peels or uneven spots. I used a buttery cream color, it glowed. (adding just a tiny touch of pink to the color will make the sunrise and sunset makes the walls really glow and come alive.)

  • Lee fox Lee fox on Oct 20, 2016
    I pickled my knotty pine back entry room and it looks light and bright! now?

  • Glenda Glenda on Oct 20, 2016
    Look for chalk paint online. Annie Sloan is sooo expensive. You can also look on Pinterest for your own recipe.

  • Pammy Pammy on Oct 20, 2016
    Paint it! Everything white! Then add your color with a window seat cushion and two comfy chairs curtain for a colorful, airy eading room!entryway!

  • Susan Susan on Oct 20, 2016
    Lightly sand, clean up every bit of dust and wash. Unless it was polished with something oily lately, any good paint of your choice should work out. Just in case, you could paint a small section, like next to a door, then check next day when thoroughly dry that paint is adhering well. (If not adhering well, you will need to prime before painting. You might want to check with a paint store for more advice.) Lightly resand that area and paint the whole wall--skip a chair rail. Nice thing about painting is you can repair holes and dents/scuffs before painting for a really great finished product. I found I was happier after applying a second coat of paint (even though my paint promised to cover in one coat and was a high quality paint. i was working with a darker color.)

  • Nancy Nancy on Oct 20, 2016
    I have the same paneling. I am a wood lover and this kind of paneling costs a fortune to replace. I would suggest painting either 2 or 3 of the walls in an neutral color and leave at least one as an accent wall as it is.

  • Judy Judy on Oct 20, 2016
    I agree with Nancy. Your paneling would cost a fortune to replace. Consider painting the door and molding. Replace the door hardware. Add a bright window seat cushion. Then decide if you want to pain additional walls.

  • Mom8250763 Mom8250763 on Oct 20, 2016
    Our newlywed neighbors had paneling in the house they purchased. They filled the lines in the paneling and now you can't even tell there was any paneling. They said it took a lot of time but was worth it.

  • Liz Liz on Oct 20, 2016
    Your wood is beautiful and I agree with the others that this kind of wood is very expensive to have installed. But, I do know that you can get tired of it. A wonderful way to show the wood grain and still lighten up the room would be to "white wash" it, as others have said. There are 2 ways to do this: In an inconspicuous place, do a little 'experimenting' to see which you like best. One way to white wash is to thin flat or egg shell finish latex white or light cream colored paint with water. Experiment in a small jar to see how much paint you want, either 1/4 paint to 3/4's water, or more. The goal is to be able to see your beautiful wood grain and wood knots through the white wash. In that small, inconspicuous spot, you could try 'dry brushing' a little of the white or cream paint over your white wash. See which one you like best. Google in white wash and dry brushing on pinterest and you'll see lots of ideas. White washing is so easy and quick if you do it with a roller. You don't have to seal this with poly urethane. While you're experimenting on a small area, you can see if you need to lightly sand the wood first or not. Have fun, and let us see your final result.

  • Lisa Ryder Lisa Ryder on Oct 20, 2016
    I painted our fake wood paneled entrance way a couple of years ago - was originally only going to do one wall but ended up doing the whole space, then the rest of the hallway, then the whole house - it looked so good I just couldn't stop! if you want a quick, cheap change I'd definitely recommend painting it :-)

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Oct 20, 2016
    I was bought up in a Lockwood home and so in a way I am a lover of wood but I see that your entry way is over whelming and enclosing. You could just sand all the varnish off and bring the wood back to it's natural whiter tone and paint it - it is the varnish that becomes darker over years making it look yellow and dark. Alternatively you could use a white wash type finish on it - this will allow the natural wood grain to show through but with a whiter / brighter finish, which should make the room look larger. I would also (if not already paint the ceiling white). Is there anyway of getting more natural light into the room via the ceiling. In New Zealand we have a solution called Solatube where a small dome is placed on the roof above the room and the room has a round hole cut in the ceiling, a foil tube runs between the dome and the ceiling and the natural light illuminates the room. The results are stunning - just perfect for room that is lacking natural light - this solution is however not possible if you have a second story above the room you are trying to brighten. Lots of whites and cream colours will make a huge difference.

  • Red5919457 Red5919457 on Oct 20, 2016
    Paint it It will end up making area much brighter and look a lot like Ship Lap.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Oct 20, 2016
    Try doing just some. Like the door in eggshell semi gloss and jamb in white gloss. Do trim around window and the seat in white gloss. Any other doors follow through with same coloring. If you want to do more then add wall by wall or even half/top/bottom and the white wash might do well on halves. Don't discount how much some light color tile or carpet would help and white, semi gloss, ceiling too. Gloss and semi gloss are both light reflective.

  • Eileen Eileen on Oct 20, 2016
    Without a doubt, paint it white!! It will look great. You already have the raised wood sections that are so popular now. Put some molding on the door to add dimension and paint that white too. It's all in the details....change your doorknob to a handle, bright colored pictures on the walls, a bright carpet and some all white curtains with texture on the windows and pick a color or two from the rug for throw pillows. Try some light weight tables to offset the heaviness of the wood walls. Glass tops would be my suggestion! Good luck.

  • Ruth Sharon Mc Govern Ruth Sharon Mc Govern on Oct 20, 2016
    Paint the walls white.

  • Ruth Sharon Mc Govern Ruth Sharon Mc Govern on Oct 20, 2016
    paint walls white

  • Daniel andrewz Daniel andrewz on Oct 20, 2016
    Turn it into a seaside themed room, paint it white just remember to seal it first because the varnish can leach through the paint

  • Lynn Lynn on Oct 21, 2016
    Paint it all white. You will be amazed, the room will also look bigger. Fill room with updated pieces or pieces with distressed look to achieve your desired look.

  • Wannie Wannie on Oct 21, 2016
    Add a Chair rail to divide the top & the bottom. Paint the bottom in white. Then, you have to decide to put either wall papers or paint color of your choice for the top part of your walls to achieve a high end look.

  • Barb Barb on Oct 21, 2016

  • Kate Kate on Oct 21, 2016
    whitewash it

  • Carole Bisby Carole Bisby on Oct 21, 2016
    I have a cottage and what I did is some walls are drywall and some are knotty pine and it looks great. You can drywall right over the knotty pine and use a nice color to match your carpet. Also I like the idea of painting it white also if you want the whole room different. Good luck please keep us informed what you have done.

  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Oct 22, 2016
    Isn't there a Rolling Stones song that goes something like "I see some pine wood and I want to paint it whi-ite"?

  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Oct 22, 2016
    I like Wannie's idea also. Would paint and do wood trim at ceiling and chair rail w/two complimentary colors of paint. Also add a place to hang out door wear. Good luck!

  • Daniel andrewz Daniel andrewz on Oct 23, 2016
    In nz they call it a pigmented sealer the varnish leaches out through the paint definitely seal it first then pimp it out with seaside items anchors and life rings etc ship pictures it will look amazing

  • Daniel andrewz Daniel andrewz on Oct 23, 2016
    It's oil based and smells a bit but it's a good product

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Oct 23, 2016
    I'd paint the door and window frame for a start.

  • Jj Jj on Oct 24, 2016
    Binz. White pigmented shellac. BTW I had what appears to be same paneling. It turned out to be Wrstwrn Cyprus

  • Judy Alexander Judy Alexander on Oct 24, 2016
    I would whitewash it. I do not like Knotty Pine either. You could cover it with sheet rock.

  • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Oct 25, 2016
    I love "mystery" rooms! Do you know what's behind the pine? Maybe consider taking it down and saving it for other projects. You could also remove just the top half of the pine from the room, paint the bottom half whatever color you wish and add a chair rail which will still leave you with a significant amount of wood for other projects but will still brighten up the space. You can paint the shelves around the window to brighten up that wall also. Just remember to give it a good coat or two of polyurethane or you'll end up with a dust-catching nightmare. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. We'd love to see some photos of your finished product!

  • Marj Meakin Marj Meakin on Oct 25, 2016
    Not sugar soap in the paint you buy it sugar soap from any DIY shop wash the furniture /walls with it first then dry. Then paint with Frenchic Paint from your nearest stockists is that better

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 27, 2016
    Google varnish, lacquer and other finishes and learn how to find our what is on your wood. Then find out what you need to do to change them. Personally, I have seen pine painted with watered down paint in a little more than a white wash (where they wipe most of it off) and with the knots showing through, it is stunning. Very "in" right now with the rustic farmhouse everyone is going for. You could even do batten & Board on the lower section and add a narrow shelf and some dark hooks for that farmhouse look. If the space is wide enough a bench or boxed in storage would be good!

  • Mary Mary on Jan 23, 2017
    I would first try furnishings before making a permanent change lie paint. A very large landscape and a bench with colorful pillows. A pretty coat rack with unusual hooks will draw attention away from the wood as well as some greenery artificial or real.

  • Loretta Loretta on Jan 23, 2017
    So this is kind of out there I know, but the new trend seems to be painting the boards or varnishing the, each varying shades. Though I have only seen it horizontally so not sure how it would look vertically. They are staining some different shades and then painting s couple as we'll, think dark grey or brown? Try searching even this site to see .

  • Laura Laura on Jan 29, 2017
    A wall of curtains on the window wall in light color, with a pretty rod with cool end finials. Then a light colored storage bench under the window. This way no alteration but definitely lightening up that corner. Find a ceiling light that throws off rays on the ceiling also more light. I would also replace door and floor trim in a light color. Get a new doorknob too. maybe yellow glass. These are cheap fixes that do not alter the room cohesiveness in case you want to sell to a real outdoorsy type. Stay away from animal heads and fish pics. buy pictures that reflect what you like in. Right colors and a nice cream or oatmeal carpet or tile.

  • Linda Linda on Jan 31, 2017
    Paint it white! It looks gorgeous when it is done! Also, use super adhesive primer first, then the white paint. And paint the indentations first, then the rest of the paneling! Have fun!