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January 22, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am considering painting the knotty pine paneling in the living room to brighten up the room. What do you think about painted paneling? And any color suggestions?
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I've painted nearly all my knotty pine paneling. Go with a creamy white. It'll look rich and will make your hardwood floors stand out more. A light gray is another option. Use an eggshell finish with 2 or 3 coats of primer to block the knots. Also, caulk any paneling gaps (not the actual grooves) to make for a more seamless finish. It's a lot of work, but provides an instant update.
January 22, 2013 at 6:28am     
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Painting over the paneling would be a good way to update a the room. I agree with a warm cream color.

January 22, 2013 at 7:57am   
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I would paint it. Together with the wood floor it is just way too much wood
February 1, 2014 at 1:08pm   
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Designing Richmond
This room used to be all knotty pine wainscot, and book shelves. We painted it
Benjamin Moore "Cloud White" Super soft and nice... Please know... Prep is crucial for this paint project... must, must, prime first.
February 1, 2014 at 1:27pm     
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Go for it and paint...it will do wonders. Keep the colour light and airy - creme as suggested or a light grey is a nice choice. Colour will depend on how you are using the room but a cheap and cheerful option.
February 1, 2014 at 1:40pm   
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