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Feb 9th 2019 at 10:33 PM


How will you spruce up a mid-century a paneled room? Effectively, the first step is clearly to split everything apart!


A little background: this space is among four that people did not paint or else upgrade following getting the house (the others are both bathrooms and the kitchen). It absolutely was when a really stereotypical, retro-tastic wood-paneled room. But at some point, some body decorated it. And then some others painted it still another half-dozen occasions following that. The final fur was bright, and each time it got cold, the panels caught, leaving major unpleasant black gaps.


Time for a DIY den makeover!


Unfortunately, it absolutely was a bit beyond people to reel the paint - sooner or later, somebody used some kind of old school, crazy-glue-infused-caulk to try to fill the gaps. Even if we spent the days and days to get all of the color out of all the grooves, the caulk might be there glaring out at us.Carpets in Peterborough

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We also didn't think we're able to remove the surfaces completely, as the surfaces are original and the surfaces aren't, thus, the surfaces get under the cut, new floor, and new quarter-round that is covering the ends of the brand new floor. Unless we were ready to cope with whatsoever sure-to-be-lovely shocks that may be lurking under our completely passable new ground, we could not eliminate the paneling.


But we weren't really prepared to incorporate the gazillionth layer of paint on the paneling, either. In the end, how can we cover the fractures that kind at vision level without painting all the surfaces dark? Also, the hubs was in support of stripes. I have to state I was quite against the thought of an a century striped space, but the rest of the key design conclusions in the house were my a few ideas, and I would like my husband to know his needs count. Definitely there was a compromise to be found, if we thought about it enough.


The idea we created to create everybody pleased was to use the present panel as wainscoting, cutting the walls about 36" off the bottom, eliminating the wood above 36", hanging drywall up in its place, and finishing it down with seat rails. I think the result is going to be rather attractive, consistent with our house's fashion, and a noticable difference around the previous look.


But first we (Adam) had lots of function to accomplish. Cutting the surfaces, removing the previous panels, insulating the outside wall, and hanging drywall (with support from his dad).


Adam also installed a brand new electrical plug to power our computers in their new, post-makeover location.


Next, we mudded and sanded (and mudded and sanded and mudded and sanded) the newest walls. The majority of the room took two units, some pieces three, and one really tricky place needed four rounds. Therefore much dust! A valuable thing we installed plastic in the doorways to keep the dust in check. Even then we have some extra washing to do since it wafts or gets monitored through the house.


Given that we're performed wrecking the area, and have the newest bones in place, it's time and energy to beautify that media room/gaming room/library that we contact the den. Next on the to-do list is holding cut, painting the wainscoting and new drywall, and adding the chair rail. We're also adding ceiling-height rack completely around the space, included in a space purpose and layout makeover - but more on that in the next post!


Enjoyment advantage:

We discovered a neat old matchbook from the late 50s roughly hidden inside a wall. The telephone number was just two letters and four numbers in those times! What a nice little bit of local history.



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