Thursday, October 23, 2008

Opening up a can of worms...........

I need your help on this one! I have included pictures of my "lodgey" living room. The cedar lined walls are original to the cottage from around the 1950's. They are tongue in groove rough cedar. When we bought our house 11 years ago, we thought it would be the first thing to go. However, they grew on us and made the room cozy and went well with the lodge look. Over the years though the room has become a challenge to decorate mainly because it is so dark. While I love the walls (and the ceilings are the same too, continuing over into the adjacent dining room) I am thinking about a change, and this is where I need your help!
I saw the Coastal living idea house on Letteredolives blog (gotta love Layla)
I fell in love with the white bead board walls and ceilings! I thought this might be a great way to go in my rooms! But, I am afraid I may end up divorced it I bring another project to the table! Could I get away with painting the walls and ceiling? Again, it is rough wood and I am afraid it may bleed through. And, since it is rough, I don't know if I wouldn't achieve the smooth beaded board look I am after. I think the fireplace would go with the more beachy look (I am on a lake for goodness sake!) I could remove the deerhead and replace it with a model sailboat, etc. I do have some wonderful black and white prints on the wall of photos taken here at Crystal Lake in the 1940's. Would I have to get rid of my leather couches? I don't want to open up a can of worms here! I am stuck! Pls. send me your opinions! Thank you!!!

10 comments:

Suzan said...

I have done it with regular paneling and it came out great. I used Kilz as a primer coat and then satin white paint. I think even rough planking would look great in white. Even if it isn't exactly the look you want, it would get you going in the right direction and be relatively inexpensive.

mimi said...

Well, I am thinking more of a soft cream or even a chalky gray rather than a stark white which might be harsh with your leather. Also, bear in mind what ALWAYS happens; when you change something which such major impact, then suddenly everything begs to be changed- example in case, your lighting fixture would suddenly look out of place. As you mentioned, you have a lodge look which is very different aesthetically than a beach look. But, personally I love the idea, and if you are craving more light... keep us posted!!

Dianne said...

Go for it!!!! The leather will be beautiful with white. Of course, other things will also have to be changed. You will love it. Use the Kilz and then paint, probably 4 coats all together. Long and hard but worth every muscle pain. LOL

Sarah said...
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Sarah said...

Use Kilz- you will want the shellac kind. Consider just painting the walls and leaving the ceiling alone-- adding a crisp white crown molding to separate the two.

Dianne said...

I agree with Sarah, leave the ceiling as is!!! Just do the walls white.

KarenSue said...

Yes, Do the just the walls. The ceiling will keep the warmth. Then you can do the walls later if you like.

Sue

Meredith said...

We did it and love it. We painted it a light taupe... Go fo it!

Kathysue said...

I love painted paneling, I think it gives a great cottage look and a nice texture to the room. Kilz oil base primer is the way to go for sure. I would use a soft cream. Benjamin Moore makes some beautiful colors. White doesn't look like your home to me.Good Luck convincing Hubby. Those men do love their wood.

Shirl @ Got more time than money said...

Have you considered just adding more light fixtures? I think installing lights would brighten up things for you. Light up those dark corners and keep the warmth of those nice woods.

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