Not to beat a dead horse, but we just can't get the recent discussions on paneling out of our minds. Knotty pine is practically a dirty word around these parts, and for good reason. It usually brings to mind cheap paneling put up in the '60s and '70s, and no one likes that. But we have a soft spot for the wood due to our parents' family room being paneled in the stuff. This is full board knotty pine paneling, made with hand-planed wood and original to the 1934 house. It gives us a whole new appreciation of what exactly the wood can do.
A few years ago the paneling was sanded back to it's natural light color - the results are that the wood practically glows now. The room still has a rustic feeling, but not in a dark cave/lodge way like when it was stained.
We especially love the way paneled doors in this room almost disappear into the walls (there's two of them on that wall in the second picture- can you see them both?)
So what do you think - a good use of the hated material? Or would you still paint over it?