Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Erroneous Adventures of a Paneled Wall

Kevin and I have been renovating (on the cheap) his grandfather's 1953 bungalow which we inherited a few years ago. Before that, we had been apartment dwellers. You know what that means...when we finally had a place of our own we wanted to paint, paint, paint! I didn't want white anywhere. I wanted color, and lots of it. At first, I really loved it, but it grew old...quickly. 

Our house is under 900 sq. ft. which means that all these dark colors made our already small home seem even smaller. 

Here we all are enjoying a festive meal. Look at that awesome view out the cool is that! One of the perks of living in the deserts of southern California.

The first thing I did when we moved in was paint the dated brown paneling that was on the south dining room wall. I painted it Mediterranean Sun by Valspar, the walls were Faint Maple by Valspar, and the ceiling (yes, I didn't even want a white ceiling) was a yellowy beige and I cannot recall what it was named. That is a lot of color for such a small space. 

After living with the reddish orange paneled wall, the bright color began to grow tiresome so I decided to add stripes using the wall color (the darker brown color) and the ceiling color (the lighter beige color). While I liked it, I didn't love it. It did nothing to improve the look of the room. We lived with it this way for a while before I decided to get really foolish brave and tear out the paneling to see what was behind it. 

AGARHGHHH! (This is the sound I made when I saw this.) There was literally three different kinds of leafy wallpaper on the wall with what I can only imagine was some kind of black glue to hold the paneling in place. We were not sure exactly what we should do with this wall. We didn't want to tear out the drywall and we didn't want to mess with finding a way to remove the thick, black glue. 

We decided to -gasp!- put paneling back up! Only we decided to lay it horizontally to hopefully widen the room. We bought this 8' wide paneling pieces from Home Depot. It was a yellowy pine color but I didn't want to paint it or anything until I had a chance to live with it for a bit to be sure what I wanted to do with it. (And my son Atticus thought that this blue bucket was perfect on his head!)

I decided to add some shelves after I saw this on Pinterest. I wasn't in love with it, but I thought it was something I would grow to love. Am I the only one that does that? Why don't I just trust myself to either love it or not and change it if not, right? 

So this past weekend, we finally got around to painting and texturing the walls in the living room which allowed me to paint the dinning room. I chose off-the-shelf Ultra Pure White for the ceiling by Behr paint and primer in one and Quill  by Olympic. I was inspired to pick the color from a house crash that Young House Love had done in Portland, Oregon. The color seemed like the perfect greige...a gray/beige tone.

And I was right! I am so over the moon crazy for this color. It kinda reminds me of clay or silly putty... anyone remember what that was? Of course, we used newspaper on our silly putty so it may be extinct now...along with the newspaper (sad..I love reading the paper).

Along with the white ceiling, the whole room seems brighter, more cheerful, and bigger. We still have to caulk long the edge of the can really tell how wonky our walls our by this pic.

We also put up our 3" base molding that is also painted Ultra Pure White in semi-gloss. I guess now would be the time to tell you that we also installed new flooring. Gone is the green vinyl tile...well, it's still there, but under the laminate. So I guess if we ever get nostalgic for the old floor we could always rip this out....No, no, that's not going to happen.


I think I will be sitting with this color and paneling for some time. I love it! It took me a long time to get here (along with a lot of paint) but I am so happy with the result. What erroneous adventures have you undertaken with DIY and home remodeling? I'm not the only one...right?


  1. Omg Stacy! It looks really freaking amazing! What a difference! Look at all the light it us bringing in!

    1. No joke Jeny! We were sitting in the living room and it was almost unbelievable how much brighter the room was just by changing the paint colors. Next time you are down you will have to come check it out. :)

    2. OMG! I wrote a huge reply, clicked on publish, and it's not here!