Post # 1
I need some help!
So this is our open plan kitchen-dining area prior to having a fresh coat of paint in both rooms – the walls in the dining area are now cream rather than white, and the kitchen is now blue rather than patterned wallpaper. We’re planning on redoing the kitchen next year and so we might as well do the dining area while we’re at it.
However, the big thing/feature in the dining area is the wood clad walls and ceiling… I’m not sure what to do with them!
Do I paint them to give a more ‘shabby chic’ look, or pull it all off and re-paint?
Theres pros and cons to each..
PROS of keeping it:
I like the shabby chic look and because we haven’t really done anything to these rooms theres scope to really make a go of it.
It’ll be cheaper to give the wood a coat of paint.
We dont know what the walls are like behind and if we pull it off then we may have to replaster etc
CONS of keeping it:
It could look dated?
Its quite a full on feature
It could look terrible painted and then we’ll be back to square one
Post # 3
From my vast knowledge acquired through watching HGTV (lol!) I think you probably will need to redo the walls behind the paneling, if you go that route. I think usually they’re not plastered or anything, plus, if they are, it probably will be damaged from removing them. Plus you don’t know what’s back there until you start!!
If I had someone helping me who knew what they were doing, I would want to rip em out and start fresh with new walls. But, with my current level of expertise, I’d paint- it’s much safer.
Just my 2 cents, although I am not an interior designer!!!
Whatever you do, update us with pics! 🙂 I love the home before/after threads.
Post # 4
I would paint the wood. I would start by painting the wall. You may actually like the look of the wood ceiling after you change the wall. If not go ahead and paint the ceiling too.
I don’t think it will look dated at all. The wood will give the painted walls some texture and interest.
before and after
Post # 5
@julies1949: That looks fab – is this one of your home improvement projects or did you find it online?
Having the walls and the wood in the natural wood colour makes it quite dark in the dining area as the window hasn’t got anything to reflect off which is another reason why I want to do something.
Post # 6
@Laurengrapes: Just online pics, but I thought they showed the difference well.I have painted wood in other homes but don’t have any pics to show you.
Post # 7
@julies1949: Thats great – thanks! Its good to see how much lighter the room is!
FI is off to a wedding abroad for a week on the 29th so I might take a risk and give it a go then….
Post # 8
I would paint the walls and the wood.