1970s Reno

by Danielle
2 Materials
3 Days
We wanted to redo our living room for a while and we finally had some time to tackle our 1970s living room. We white washed the fireplace which really brightened up the space. From there, we decided to try and update the space by painting the paneling. We have always gone with a neutral greige color. This time we decided to go with Sweet Serenity which is a light sage color. We are very pleased with how this project turned out. Unfortunately, the room is still not completed. The trim and outlets need replaced as well as the carpet! This project was very affordable as we had left over white paint to do the fireplace. The only materials needed were primer and paint for the wall.
We started by taping off to paint the fire place and got it ready to paint.
We then white washed it, the finished fireplace! It looks so much brighter, wow!
Then we put primer on the wood paneling before painting.
And here is the finished project!! Walls and fireplace have a whole new look.
And this is what the room looked like when we moved in. It was so dark and uninviting. It surely looks better now!
We also tackled the trim and door-painted white
And had new carpet installed! It’s been such a transformation!
Suggested materials:
  • Paint   (Sherwin Williams)
  • Primer   (Sherwin Williams)
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  • Kay Kay on Nov 29, 2017

    I would try this project. I want to know why type of paneling do you have. Mine is a 1960's vinyl coated wood. Could I use the primer and then paint this type of paneling, do you think?

  • Marie Marie on Dec 01, 2017

    are you thinking of painting the doors?

  • Mse6334651 Mse6334651 on Dec 07, 2017

    Do you prime before whitewash brick?

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  • Marie Marie on Dec 02, 2017

    It must look wonderful after painting the doors and trim, makes such a difference, I hate dark doors! Great job

  • Jane Jane on Jan 15, 2018

    Wow ! So much better ! our living/kitchen kinda were awful & we repainted & new wallpaper, new flooring in my in laws old house . i totally understand ! Great job