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Living Room - What to do with wood paneling?

bpat2011February 28, 2013
I feel like this room has tons of potential. What are your thoughts? Thanks ahead of time!
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This room looks like a horse barn. I think it lacks potential because of the door placement and apparent lack of fenestration. Also too many ceiling beams - obviously some of them are non-bearing fakes. Might want to demolish and start over.
    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 8:25AM
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The room has potential. i wolul ahve prefered it the wood went up to the ceiling, eliminating the triangular spaces at the 2 ends of the room. But you have ceiling height. I would remove the ceiling fan , then start by finging 3 fantastic large pendant ceiling lighting fixtures. paint hte ceiling a beautiful color such as a medium grayed green or golden golor such as benjamin moore hathaway gold or french horn. install a real slate floor and you are on your way to a great space.
    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 9:54AM
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I like it. Keep the beams paint everything else except the fireplace white/light neutral. New lights.
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2 Likes    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:00AM
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Aja Mazin
Great room!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:02AM
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Sorry I realizes my suggestion did not work with the paneling - I think it's a bit too much in this space.
Ditto the slate floor
    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:02AM
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HI -- REMOVE ALL THE PANELING ! Keep the ceiling beams . A lot of the others are going to tell you to just paint the paneling , but it will be better to just remove it . Old paneling has a 40% higher fire risk and it will just soak up a lot of costly paint . Clean new walls will be so much better to work with and it's time for the room to change .
    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:08AM
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I agree with everyone to remove the paneling and sheetrock.

Leave the fireplace as is but paint the built in that flanks it in white. Depending on what color your furniture is, paint the walls a light neutral.

What's under the rug? With any luck you'll have hardwood that is salvageable!

Re: the ceiling - tough call. It probably needs to be repainted between the beams but doing so without painting the beams is a bear. Been there, done that. Unless the beams are really spectacular I'd probably paint them as well. It's a bit hard to tell from the photo. Are they still natural wood?
    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:14AM
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Oh -- and while you have the paneling off, determine any wiring needs you may have and do the wiring before closing the wall.
    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:21AM
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Can you open up a wall as you are taking down all the paneling? Change out door to a 15 pane glass door for maximum sunlight.
    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 10:22AM
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We got LUCKY
3 Likes    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:15PM
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Paint the paneling with a Light colored Satan and as another commented, leave the beams as is for a contrast. It will give the room a soft glow with lots of texture. I painted a very dark room like this and it was beautiful, easy to live in and I never tired of the complements.
    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:23PM
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HI - Wow, wood floors ! Even better reason now to remove all that old paneling .You could re -stain the wood floor a darker tone along with the ceiling beams, then the room will look very up- to- date. This is becoming an awesome room.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:25PM
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I forgot to add, paint the shelving and trim (IE baseboards etc..) white and go all the way up to the ceiling with your wall color. The separation is not a good thing.
    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:27PM
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Thanks for the great comments! I'm a DIYer and I'm not afraid of the big tasks. Do you guys think it would look good if we stained the floors, beams and built in shelves/cabinets a darker shade of brown to update it? The paneling on the inside/between of the shelves can be removed, so we plan on doing that and texturing/painting the wall behind it. We are going to take out the fan and install new can lights all around the room. I attached a few more pics to give you guys a better view of the room. There's a wall that separates this living room from the main hallway in the house. We plan on knocking out this wall to open up the space. We would have to leave an exposed beam or two for structural reasons, but I think it would make the space seem less cramped. And finally, no more paneling. It's going to be gone for sure. We can texture/paint the wall behind it. What do you guys think of our game plan for now? We are definitely open to opinions and may change our plans if you have a brilliant idea!
    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 8:40AM
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@bpat2011: Parquet floors under the old carpeting? Unreal! Refinish the floors, hold the stain...
    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 8:48AM
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