Our house was built in the 1970s. Among its original features are yellow shag carpeting in the study, harvest gold tile in the master bath and the dark wood paneling pictured above in the living room. When we first saw this house, we feel in love with the layout instantly. Which is why the paneling didn't scare us away! We figured we would replace it with drywall once we settled in. But life got busy - having babies and raising babies. And the financial aspect of replacing the paneling seemed so overwhelming.
From a decorating standpoint, the room never really came together. I hesitated to put anything on the walls, because of the paneling. I had a vision for the room but struggled to bring it to life. Our thoughts then turned to painting the paneling. But the 12 foot ceiling in this room was intimidating! We had a local painter come out to give us an estimate. His price for painting the room fit nicely within our budget. And now we have a beautiful new room, that looks just as I had always imagined it would!
I chose Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray (SW 6205) for the paneling, Sherwin Williams Dover White (SW 6385) for the trim, shelves and stair railing and the drywall above the paneling was color matched to a Valspar paint color (a beige color).
I commented to Dave not only does the room look better, it makes our "trashy" furnishing look better as well! And when I say trashy, I mean basically everything in this room was either given to us, bought at a yard sale or was a curbside treasure!
The painters also made repairs to the exterior and the gave our saltbox a fresh coat of red paint. The exterior color is Sherwin Williams Fireweed (SW 6328). Which I've come to learn is the consumer version of the paint color used for the Golden Gate Bridge.
We're so in love with this room now! It looks like an entirely different room. What a great way to start Spring, with a completely refreshed space!
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