Tuesday, April 9, 2013

white washing

I wrote previously about some small decorating updates I had done to our bedroom, here:
A prettier place to sleep

But it's time for more. Our bedroom is the half second floor "bungalow" portion of the house. I've spent the past four months staring at the wood paneled walls and wondering what I wanted to do with it. On the expensive and huge project end of things, we could rip out the paneling and replace it with dry wall. The nice part about this option is we could add in better insulation up there, and it would look completely updated. However, that is not at all in the budget right now.

On the super cheap and no project end of things, the wood paneling could stay as is. It's actually grown on me a lot more than I thought it would. When we first moved in, I hated it! Now I think that it's cozy, and gives the room a different feel than the rest of house.

Close to the "cheap" option, but involving a bit of a project, is another idea I've been toying with: white washing the walls. The walls are real wood, grooved paneling, not the gross particle board stuff, so they would actually absorb the white wash and make our bungalow into a beachy, cottagey retreat. Or at least that's what I'm hoping! haha

Here are my inspirations:

Source: houzz.com via Jessica on Pinterest
Source: houzz.com via Jessica on Pinterest
Source: houzz.com via Jessica on Pinterest


I actually tried it out in my closet, so that if I hated it, it wouldn't be visible, and guess what? I didn't hate it! It was also pretty easy: equal parts water and white paint mixed together and brushed on. Next to approve? Will! He liked it too, which I was surprised about because he liked the wood paneling from the very beginning. So maybe in the next few weeks I will get this project started!


  1. Are you going to be writing more blogs this spring hopefully?