Ho to modern up this rustic wood paneling?
fmsbq
August 8, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We live in a 1920s character home. There is solid wood paneling in part of the lounge/dining. Although I appreciate this rustic look (it has a rough finish with knots and cracks) it makes the area dark and the wooden door frames and fireplace get lost in all the wood. I would love to retain a rustic look but lighten it all up. Any ideas?
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Curt D'Onofrio
I love wood work but unfournately it has too much light absorbing properties...For daytime hours a skylight or solar tubes is an option to brighten up the space. Another option is to have all your current color stain stripped off and restained in say golden oak stain.
1 Like   August 8, 2014 at 8:01PM
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Inner Visions Interiors
You have several choices at different price points.
1- Sheet rock, plaster and paint This is the most expensive option and will add the most permanent value to your home.
2-Wallpaper over a heavy liner paper.
3-Prime then paint the wood, it will give you a stripe effect.

Let me know what you decide to do.
Linda
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MarleneM
Here is a photo of whitewashed panelling. I think It retains more character than painting.

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fmsbq
MarleneM, I love this white wash look, that could be ideal! I'll have to do some research as to weather it can be done on rough sawn wood. do anyone know if it can be done?
2 Likes   August 10, 2014 at 12:45AM
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azhomes
Can you get rid of the arches?
1 Like   August 10, 2014 at 1:18AM
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fmsbq
Re the arches, yeah! They are rather 80s aren't they..
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Linus Reimann-Kaißer
We have arches, too. They don't disrupt, because the wall is plain white and the wall in the room behind is white, too.
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chookchook2
You need twice as much paint when painting rough timber. Advise running a sander over the walls, then a vacuum cleaner.
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LineBox Studio
White was stain and a solid paint for the trim
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fmsbq
so whitewash it shall be I think! how much does the color of the underneath stain impact on the final result?
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