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Living and Dining Rustic Living Room, Portland Maine

photography by Trent Bell
Inspiration for a rustic living room remodel in Portland Maine with a stone fireplace — Houzz

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ambretland wrote:
Can you whitewash 50 year old pine that is orange and varnished? - We are purchasing a house that has lots of pine walls everywhere and I wouldn't mind them but they're orange from varnish. Would love to keep them but couldn't live with the color,
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Whitten Architects
Thank you for your question. We would recommend asking this question of a painter / wood finisher in your area. Our assumption is that the existing finish would have to be removed before whitewashing.
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Have you heard of annie Sloan chalk paint? This is the ideal solution to your problem. No need or priming or sanding just paint straight on then wax for protection.
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yf1212 wrote:
love the stone around the fireplace- where is it from? - style/pattern/color?
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Whitten Architects
Thank you for your kind comment. This stone was recycled from the site, after excavation for the foundation.
Holly Daley wrote:
We updated our 70's kitchen-very modern - table would be great 4 us - I have been looking for a new modern table and this has a lot of style with the chrome insert around the edge. May I inquire as to where it could be purchased as we are in Calif. Thank you. Holly
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Whitten Architects
This table is from Ritter Furniture here in Maine. Unfortunately, we're not sure how you could purchase in CA.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Laura Gaskill added this to 9 Tips for Selling Your House in Winter
1. Have a cozy, crackling fire (or not). If you have a gas fireplace or new clean-burning woodstove, go ahead and light a fire to welcome visitors. But if your home's wood-burning fireplace is older and leaves a smoky smell in the room, hold off. Those with allergies or smoke sensitivities can be turned off — or literally turned away when they have to go outside. No fire? Consider offering warm apple cider instead.
Mary Jo Bowling added this to Knotty and Nice: Highly Textured Wood Has a Modern Revival
Russ Tyson of Whitten Architects in Portland, Maine, says that using knotty pine in this vacation retreat was a no-brainer. “It’s more durable than other alternatives in an extreme environment,” he says. “The tongue and groove nature of the material allows the interior finish to shrink and expand rather than crack when the temperature and humidity fluctuate.”

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Will Smith added this to proviscom's ideas
Interesting way to use corner but leave it open with fireplace.
Geri Riegel added this to giantgeri's ideas
Paige, Would a fireplace like this work in the Great Room?

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