It’s been a little over two weeks since we moved into our Marquette house and it is really starting to feel like our own! If you follow me on instagram you know that my week has been consumed by painting paneling.
Yes I decided that the Oak Planking was just a little too “Seventies North Woods” and it was time to give it an update.
While looking through the file the sellers gave us about the house I found the original correspondence between the family and the builder where the family specified how important the wood planking was to them!
*This post contains some affiliate links* Before I could even start painting I had to do some serious cleaning. I discovered that my Bona Mop was perfect for reaching all of the spaces.
As usual Melaleuca Tough and Tender was my product of choice. This stuff really is the best. It got the years of grime and gunk off easily.
Then came the painting. To get good coverage it involved one coat of Kilz primer, followed by three coats of Benjamin Moore “Simply White”. Each coat involved edging and then painting down every single groove… I am SO thankful that it’s just about done!
I used the same edging brush that I use for everything. I love using this little short handled brush. I feel like I have so much more control than with a regular long handled brush.
After a full week of painting here is how it looks now! Before starting this project I wasn’t thinking about replacing the hinges, so the new hinges are still on their way. I just couldn’t wait to share our progress with you though.
Along with waiting on the hinges, I also still need to do some caulking and touch ups in quite a few places.
The handles that I put on the built ins are a serious improvement over the dated handles they had. They are these ones that I got on Amazon *contains affiliate link*
We decided to mount the tv on an extendable swivel mount. That way we are able to pull it out and turn it for tv watching, but also put it back into the built ins when we’re not watching it. I’m not exactly sure how I’ll handle decorating the shelves around it.
So far the bull skull above the fireplace is the only piece of decor that has been unpacked or even hung up! I just love the way the white looks on the white paneling.
I have plans to paint the metal fireplace black to help it fit better into the more modern decor. I’ve also considered some sconces at the tops of the built ins, because this room has no lighting!
Even though this room consumed my week, I love the way that it turned out and it will definitely be worth it. It feels so much lighter and brighter and way more modern. If you’ve got paneling or planking that you’ve been considering painting, I’d say to just bite the bullet and go for it!
I’m on the fence about if I should paint the brick or not. One of my favorite bloggers had a similar fireplace and after a year of contemplation decided to paint it and it turned out great. I think I’ll live with it like this for a while and then make a decision.
I also am planning on painting the baseboard heaters white. I think it will help them blend in a lot better.
Numerous times while painting I caught myself stopping just to stare into the backyard. The views here are ridiculously amazing and I still can’t really believe that we get to live here.
Actually just the other morning I walked down to see this amazing sunrise, right out our back window.
Now that this room is done it’s time to finally unpack our decor! So do you have any 70’s paneling in desperate need of an update?! I promise…. paint it and it will be worth it!
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