12:27PM | 10/27/04
Member Since: 10/26/04
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I live in a cape style house that was built in 1910. The attic was finished off at one point and has dark-stained knotty pine paneling on all walls and around the base of the chimney, which is right in the middle of the room. There is a dormer with windows, so the room gets light on one side, but overall, the paneling makes the room look extremely dark. My inclination is to paint over it. Does that style of paneling have any hope of becoming in vogue? Would it be possible to remove the old stain and bleach it to a lighter color? Or, if we paint over it, would we need a special kind of primer to prevent the knots from showing through? Thanks for any opinions you could share with me.


05:12AM | 11/04/04
Member Since: 10/17/04
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Do you know if it was sealed after being stained? If so, you need to buy an acrylic primer(will go over oil or latex) and then paint it. If it is only a stain then you may have to put something over the knots to seal them so that sap doesn't seep through your paint.(I think it's called laquer...)

I prefer natural light over artificial, especially in tight spaces. I myself would be painting it a suble offwhite in a semigloss. The offwhite will lighten the room colour wise without absorbing the light(dark colours absorb) And as for the semi gloss, it will reflect any light making the room seem a lot bigger as well.
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