NY Good Questions: How Can We Lighten Up the Hallway?

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Dear AT,

I was wondering if I could canvas the creative minds here at AT.

We recently moved into a older cabin (1927) and while the home has a lot of character, some of it is a bit much for our tastes.

The hallway is a perfect example of our conflict.

The entire hallway is lined with knotty pine paneling, which is definitely not our style...

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We are weighing our options, but something that we need to consider is that the paneling is not two dimensional- there are gashes and knots that keep it from being perfectly flat (see second picture).

We would very much like to lighten up the hallway, however we enjoy the dark floors.

So what should we do?

Just paint it, putty the holes and then paint, tear down the paneling, we are open to all suggestions.

Thanks! Ryan

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