Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Family Room Project

I am sad to say that the wood floor in our bedroom didn't work out after all. After getting about 3/4 of the room finished, we found the remaining wood to be extremely warped and/or rotted. It was not in usable condition. I thought about finishing the rest of the floor with new oak planks but I was afraid it would look too "new", even after refinishing all of the floor. I didn't want the new part to stick out like a sore thumb. I finally decided to scrap that project and move on. I have been too disgusted with the floors and myself to even blog about it! But I am now ready to dive into another project!

We decided to do the family room because it is a room we use every day and it would maybe serve as inspiration for what we will do with the rest of the house. We decided to panel (yes panel!) the entire room in cedar tongue-in-groove planks. I never thought I would like something like that, but hubs finally talked me into it. We put some up earlier and will do more later.

The planks are about 8 ft. long. The wall in the picture is 12 ft. high. We decided to put up the 8 ft. pieces and then put 4 ft. pieces on the bottom, and we will then put up chair rail where the ends will butt up against one another. Since the ends of our planks aren't tongue-in-groove I didn't see any other alternative that would have looked o.k.

The planks are unfinished and, since I like the color and patina of the wood, I am thinking a matte, non-yellowing poly would be good to finish it with. I will be looking for some inspiration pictures to give you an idea of the direction I am going in with this room.

Wishing everyone a good weekend!



Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Eva! Welcome back. I'm sorry the floor didn't work out. What a huge bummer. At least you haven't let it discourage you from tackling other "adventures" in updating. I love the natural look of that paneling. What colors do you think you'll go with in regard to furnishing and accents?

G8rAlly said...

Eva, the paneling looks amazing! Check out my new cypress beadboard ceiling. I will also be clear-coating my ceiling (no stain). Great minds think alike!