Projects & Improvements

Before & After: This Hot ’70s Mess Gets a Modern Makeover

published Oct 24, 2013
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Christine’s husband thought she was insane for falling in love with this 113-year old house — it was a mess of ’70s faux wood paneling, awkward trim colors and in desperate need of some TLC — but she knew they could reveal its charm with a little elbow grease.

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In the sunroom, she painted the paneling a soft gray and gave the buttery-yellow trim a coat of crisp white. What a difference!

From Christine:

I was also thrilled with how easily I was able to paint the paneling. I was terrified that we’d have to tear it all down and deal with repairing the old plaster and lathe walls, but it painted up beautifully! You can hardly even tell it’s paneling unless you’re really looking hard with a critical eye. I would highly recommend that anyone dealing with an ugly paneled room try paint before taking on the tear down process! I am in love with our room!

Thank you Christine!

(Images: Christine)

Re-edited from a post originally published 10.124.2013 – NT