Tuesday, October 5, 2010

moving out of the 70s :) :) :)

my husband calls it cozy...i call it ugly...it's actual name is wood paneling
apparently, whoever built this apartment really really really really liked it. there isn't a single wall that isn't paneling. thankfully, some of it has been painted, but def. not enough of it. my project this week is the living room/dining room...yes, they are one and the same :)

this picture is taken looking into the living room from the kitchen which is now painted green :) the plan is to paint the wall on the right a dark chocolate brown, and the far wall and the wall on the left a beige/tan. so here are the before pics...

can't wait to post the after pics!!! but painting paneling takes some time to say the least.

first order of business was to sand all the wall to give them a bit of texture so that the paint would have something to stick to.

it took a while...you can kind of see the scratches in the above pic.

the next step was to wash it all down to get all the sanded particles out of the cracks and off the walls...that also took a while...but then it was read to be primed :)

ps. the wall is absolutely full of these nail and screw holes...no idea how many people have lived here before us, but if you go by the number of holes in the wall, it's been quite a few...hopefully the paint will help to cover them :)

and then i got distracted by some pretty colors out the window and had to snap a picture...then i got back to work :)

praise the Lord for an amazing husband who got off work and then worked most of the evening with me to get it all primed!!!!

another thing that makes painting paneling a pain is having to paint all the spaces between the panels individually with a brush...we thought about keeping the jail theme, but then decided it prolly wouldn't give our home a very homey feel lol

so here's our currently white living room...it'll look better in the end, i promise :)
more pics to come!!!!!


  1. My guess is the former owners didn't necessarily like paneling either, it's just cheap ;) I like the set up of your furniture, very homey. You have definitely improved the bachelor pad :) Sandra

  2. We have paneling in our living/dining room. I hate it too and want to paint it to lighten up the room. Uncle Glen loves the paneling! Maybe some day we can compromise and I can paint the top have with a chair rail and paneling below. Make the finished room look glamorous so I can show it to him!! Ha! - Aunt Coleen

  3. Wow, white is already such a big difference! Your colour choices sound very pretty. Tan and chocolate brown is our bedroom colours. :) Good job!
    -Anne Jisca

  4. I think you just like to leave us in suspense. I kept scrolling down looking for the finished project.. but alas i must wait another day.. or till whenever you get it done. "and then i got distracted by some pretty colors out the window and had to snap a picture...then i got back to work :)" <-- favorite line :)
    love the blog, love you more

  5. Can't wait to see the "after pictures" :) what colors are yall thinking of painting it? Heading down to NC tomorow morning for the Door of Hope- Women's Conference :) love ya girl sheri

  6. Can't wait to see the finished room. Will you get the room finished up this coming week? Looking forward to seeing you soon. Mom