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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Grrrr! Paneling sucks!

Okay, this is NOT how my house currently looks!!! This is the day or two after we moved in.As you "may" notice, there's a heck of a lot of paneling - and it's "pretend" paneling - not even real wood. I have no qualms about painting over it but at the rate I'm going, it'll be five years before I'm done!
I retired due to some health issues, my back being one of them. Painting is not the easiest task to perform but it's too expensive to hire someone to do it for us. So, I bought a gallon bucket of
"Kilz 2" (which is very low odor) and am trying to get the job done. I can't do much at a time and it's taking two coats to cover... I have painted less than one whole room and have used over one half a gallon!
I just know it'll be worth it when the ugly paneling is gone. Oh, by the way, can you see the "bar" - that cavernous area in the middle? Any suggestions as to how to fix the area that is shingled?
My son said just hang a bug zapper on it. Ha, ha.... I plan on taking the stupid shingles off and probably knocking out the bar and making it my office. But the shingled area has me baffled.
Any ideas????

If I don't make rounds often, please forgive me. These is taking the ooomph (what little ooomph I have left) right outta me...

11 comments:

DrillerAA said...

If you're going to tear out the rest of the bar and make it your office, then I would tear out that "bulkhead" and just let the ceiling run into the alcove. If the bar ceiling is lower than the room ceiling, then I would straighten up the bulkhead (it is now slanted with the shingles), and paint it to match the room.

Heart of Rachel said...

Good luck with your home renovation.

I know you're very busy but just wanted to let you know that I have an award for you on my blog.

Linda said...

Good luck with the improvements and don't hurt yourself overdoing it. I tend to go overboard with home projects and then find myself stuck in bed for several days while I try to recover. Not smart!

It may take longer than you'd like but I'm sure the results will be great!

Travis said...

I like Drilleraa's idea. Letting the ceiling run flat all the way into that little alcove will brighten the room and make it seem a little bigger.

Sanni said...

Oh my... I´m sorry I can´t help you here - I´m not good at painting - and I got no idea for you. My mind´s just BLANK! Sorry, sweets =(

Too much coding today.

Trinity said...

Grace, I am here to see your photohunt entry about wooden... but I guess it hasn't Saturday yet at your place.. hahaha...

Mine is here at Rooms in my heart

Wolfbernz said...

All the best with the painting!
I am not a painter per say...
But I sure seem to do my share.

bokjae said...

I understand, we are in the same situation too! relocating and at our age, boy its tedious and tiring! So good to see you on Bloggers Over 50! Cheers! Take it slow and take care, have plenty of rests!

Denise said...

have paneling in my house everywhere and I hate it ,, but I too painted every room....... I put chair rails around each room and painted the lower half a different color than the top and hung wreaths from the chair rails in each room to match and then put wooden Crown Molding around the top by then painted it the same color as the wall.....Now each room looks like Victorian rooms and not dungeons!!!!!!!!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i can't do painting any more either, just no strength for that kind of activity. good luck and i think an office is a great idea!

smiles, bee
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crazy working mom said...

I know what you mean about no umpfh for painting. We painted our paneling in this 1970s house and it did make quite a bit of a difference in here. It is so much lighter and brighter. It just takes lots of Killz or some sort of pre-coating. Especially with the dark stuff. But, it's worth it in the end. :)

Hope you are feelin' better.