07:29AM | 04/18/07
Member Since: 04/17/07
1 lifetime posts
My kitchen is surrounded by darkly colored stained barnboard. The barnboard goes half way up the wall and the kitchen is very dark. I would like to paint the barnboard to brighten the area up - my question is; does painting barnboard take away from the house value? also, Does painting barnboard look stupid? if not, is it possible to just paint the barnboard area and leave the trim all stained.. and does anyone know what type of paint I would have to use? - the barnboard has a thin coat of poly on it right now.


04:14AM | 04/21/07
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
You can paint the barnboard and leave the trim stained and that will look fine. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as far as painting the barnboard and it is your house so if you like it that is all that really matters anyway.

I would clean it to make sure there is not any grease or dirt on the surface and you can do this by wiping with paint thinner folowed by an ammonia and water wash. Oh sand the surface before the wahing step. Then you will want to prime with a pigmented shellac primer such as Zinsser BIN which will adhear great and hold back any staining from the wood. The finish paint should be the acrylic finish of your choice. Plan on two coats of finish paint over the primer to get good coverage.


01:37PM | 08/15/13
I have the opposite question. We just purchased a house in which the barnboard wall was painted. We'd like to remove the paint and stain for a more rustic/homey look. Is it possible to remove the paint, and if so, how?


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