Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wooden Wonderland

One of the projects that Stevens is itching to have all set up  is the den (I'm ok with the tv staying out for a while to ensure that we still get some work done!!) but we completely transformed this space and we are so happy with the progress we have made. Wooden panel dens are very common in our area and more and more you see people painting them.  It drastically changes the look of the entire space so some are more hesitant to paint.  A few weekends ago, we decided to go for it.

We only have two windows in this room so it was very dark originally.  Much like the fireplace, this was one of those decisions where you just have to jump in and go for it.  

We used this primer and had it tinted with Sherwin Williams, Macadamia.

Stevens started with the roller but we quickly realized that you need to paint all of the crevices with a smaller paint brush, a 1 1/2 or 2 inch brush works perfectly.  We rolled the flat panels and hand painted the seams.  The tinted primer really helped us in the number of coats.  Because wood paneling really soaks up paint, we did one coat of primer and two coats of paint.
We hesitated on the trim, debating whether to paint it in the alabaster color, the color of the trim throughout, or the same colors as the walls.  We decided to continue with the Macadamia because adding white would really chop up the room and make it look smaller. 

However we did paint the windows and the doors Alabaster.

 We still have some to-do's in the den:
- pick out carpet
- finish bookshelf
- & decorate!

Thanks for reading :)

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