Thursday, October 17, 2013

One Room Challenge Week 3: Painting Paneling + a Gold Garden Stool

I told myself that if I got nothing else done in these six weeks except paint the walls, then it was a success.  Our walls have been wearing several different paint colors at the same time for longer than I can even remember.  So this week, painting the walls got scheduled into my calendar as a must do.  And I was dreading it.  Painting is not my favorite, yet painting is one of the biggest bang for your buck things you can do.  So alas, it is a necessary evil.

But most of the things we dread doing are the things that give us the most satisfaction in the end.  So glad to check it off the list.  And just a quick tip for you if ever have to paint paneling.  I found out right away that it was very helpful to use my paintbrush to get in the grooves first, then go back and roll the wall.

painting paneling - plumberry pie

I also painted the garden stool from my back deck.  I’m trying to use as much as I have on hand to keep this makeover budget friendly.  It got the golden touch.  First go around, I used a matte gold finish and it had a greenish tint to it and blended too much with the furniture.

garden stool beforegarden stool after take one

So I painted a gloss gold finish and it worked out much better.

golden garden stool plumberry pie

I’m having rug commitment issues.  I tried a layered rug look using the rug I had from our first house.  In my mind, the rug looked like the overdyed rugs you’re seeing all over the place these days.  I think my memory was playing wishful thinking tricks on me though.  The rug is much more maroon/burgundy than I remember.  My wishful thinking had it as a lighter red that was faded.  Boo!  So much for saving a buck on that one.

layered rug with old rug on sisal

I’m also toying with the idea of black and white stripes, so I threw a black and white beach towel on there to get a feel for it.  Layered.

striped towel layered on rug

And on its own.  I’m liking it.

striped towel

IKEA’s Stockholm rug is in the running.

STOCKHOLM Rug, flatwoven IKEA The durable, soil-resistant wool surface makes this rug perfect in your living room or under your dining table.

I also like this one from Rugs USA, but thinking stripes will stand the test of time and mix better with the curtains and pillows. 

Rugs USA Homespun Trellis HK85 Blue Rug

Or this one from Urban Outfitters.

Magical Thinking Chevron Rug

This week coming up, I need to finish painting the baseboards and bookcases white.  Also hoping to get the window treatments up and take care of some lighting issues. 

Thanks for stopping in today and to any new visitors, welcome, so glad you’re here!!  If you missed the first two weeks, you can see them at the links below.

Week One:  Inspiration Pics

Week Two:  Console Table Makeover

And of course, check out what everyone else is up to this week for their ORC over at Linda’s {Calling It Home}.


  1. I, too, have painted paneling and you're so right, get the grooves first! The garden stool looks fab in gold...very bold!

  2. Kim, good for you for tackling a project you were not looking forward to - and I agree, those are the kind of projects that are often the most gratifying! I painted a LOT of paneling at my mom's last year and I know - it's tons of fun. Love the black & white idea especially with your couches…..that warm/cool thing works so well. Good luck this week! You are off to a great start!!

  3. So glad you are painting something that has been bothering you. Once that is done, you will feel so good. I like the black and white striped one.

  4. Looks great so far! And I agree about the IKEA rug -- I've always loved that rug - a classic!

  5. Yay for getting that big project off your list!! I have painted paneling and it isn't fun but what a difference it will make!! Keep it up, you're going to be thrilled with your beautiful new space!

  6. Put your rug out in the sun! :) ha ha ha! Can't wait to see the new painted room!

  7. I painted my 70's paneling white for the last ORC and I just love it. I'm struggling with my own rug decision so I may not be a good one to ask.

  8. I love the stockholm and the one from Urban outfitters the most Kim! Good luck in choosing!

  9. I like the striped rug. The garden stool turned out great!


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