Tuesday, July 9, 2013

~let there be light~{paint that paneling!}



There's always that big debate on whether to paint wood or not.We lived with cedar walls and ceilings in our living room for about 10 years before I talked my husband into letting me paint them. There were many debates back and forth and finally we agreed that if I painted the walls, the ceiling had to stay. In the end, I am actually happy we left the ceiling wood. Not only would it have been a huge pain to paint, but I like the contrast and it cozies up the room.
Once the walls were painted, all the lodge style furniture seemed really out of place. So, out went the leather couch and pine furniture. In came the slipcovered sofa, lots of lamps, and some lighter furnishings. I sold the chandelier to a neighbor and bought the Pottery Barn one to replace it.
The picture on the top was taken in 2008. The picture on the bottom was taken yesterday.
You can see what a difference the lighter walls make. By the way, the color is Oatmeal by Ralph Lauren.
The room feels so much brighter, even in the dead of winter.



What do you think? Do you prefer wood to be left alone, or painted?


Also, I wanted to let you know about 2 new courses that are available for the Creatively Made Summer Series! The first one you can view
here, and



The second one you can find here!



I'm off to go soak up some sunshine!
Have a great day!
xoxo

18 comments:

Lauren Davison said...

love the painted version, you made a great choice!
-Lauren

The Schneider Family said...

I love the painted wall! My husband and I are having the same discussion about are home, we moved in 3 years ago and all the trim and cabinets throughout the house are a honey stain and I disliked them from the start:) but Mark made me promise to live with them and see if they grew on me! I can successfully say the they are not, I think I hate them more then I did when we first moved in. I have almost got him convinced to let me start painting :)

The Schneider Family said...

I love the painted wall! My husband and I are having the same discussion about are home, we moved in 3 years ago and all the trim and cabinets throughout the house are a honey stain and I disliked them from the start:) but Mark made me promise to live with them and see if they grew on me! I can successfully say the they are not, I think I hate them more then I did when we first moved in. I have almost got him convinced to let me start painting :)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I don't know why men are so adversed
to painting wood. It's an ongoing discussion in our home as well.

After my first visit your blog, almost three years ago...I fell for your "Oatmeal" cedar. The color adds a perfect warm glow to our home!
As always, thank you for your inspiration, Melaine!
~Lynne
withLove.

Simply LKJ said...

I too love the painted version, but agree keeping the ceiling unpainted was a good choice. I think more men are afraid to paint wood than women.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Luv the painted walls!!! So much lighter and brighter.
Happy today.
Hugs, Gee

Stacey {steward of design} said...

I love the lighter look! While my husband has been reluctant to my "paint it white" phase, I think he's coming along. I love that you didn't paint the ceiling too. Love your home!

BaileyWife said...

I am having that same issue with our oak cabinets, dining room furniture, and some built in library shelves....I want to paint them so bad, but my dear baileyhusband fights me every step of the way!! Love your transformation! ~Kim

Mama Sue said...

You most definitely did the right thing. We had paneling in our house for about 15 years and always planned to paint it but it seemed like such a big job and I let people tell me how the paint would chip etc. When we remodeled our house the contractor took down the paneling and textured and painted the sheetrock. Glad he did because there was termite damage on one wall and I have beautiful BM Manchester Tan walls and I love it. I hate that I wasted so much time worrying.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your home is beautiful, Melaine. I like a mix of both wood and painted surfaces and furniture. I love that you kept the ceiling wood for character and contrast with the creamy walls. Thanks for your continued inspiration.

Kaylee Andersen said...

I definitely prefer the painted. The room looks so cozy and happy and I love that it isn't too masculine or too feminine. Beautiful!

Sue at Serendipity said...

Love the painted version! I painted the one wall of paneling in our living room about 15 years ago and have NEVER regretted that decision! Pretty wall color choice-I'll be checking it out-the living room needs a new color here.

Rachel Cobb said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the oatmeal paint! So much brighter and cleaner! It makes your fireplace stand out so much more too! Love it!

Vickie said...

It looks so beautiful today!!! light and airy and leaving the ceiling was such a good move. wish I could have a room like that :)

Christa Zitko said...

Oh, love the painted walls! It gives the room a more cozy cottage look and the fireplace pops! The wood on the ceiling keeps it warm, great choice. I'm jealous of your fireplace by the way...the cobblestone/river stone is my favorite style:)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Oh, painted! Definitely! Makes such a difference. Love it!

Old Red Barn said...

We have wooden ceilings and a lot of brick walls. I think it's too dark. I'm thinking about painting the brick and leaving the wooden ceiling as it is.

I like what you did. I love the color of your ceiling. Ours is more orange.

Goedele

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