Updating 1950 paneling

As an interior decorator my job was to cast the vision, specify the right colors, and provide expert shopping within their budget.

These homeowners did most of the work in this lovely transformation themselves: painting, installing new hardwood floors, and installing the new beadboard backsplash.

We are going to try to do it on a budget as much as possible, so I’m not sure that there will be any tearing out the kitchen cabinets or any of that, but new countertops in the kitchen and bathroom will happen eventually. David, her handy husband, will be doing much of the work as they move through the house. We will start with the inside of the house and hopefully move to the outside to give it some updates too. Back to the foyer and hallway, now we’ll head to the formal living room. It’s very nice wood, so we are going to work with it and recover the chair seats. She would love to rip out the carpet in the living room and dining room and continue with the oak flooring all in here too. There are mirrors in several locations around the house, one here in the dining room. Not a great pic, but this is a really pretty china cabinet. We are thinking that her hubby will build a banquette seat in the window in that corner. Lots of things to decide on, but she’d like to keep these cabinets since they are all wood. These appliances are all original and she’s going to replace those as well, the oven and cooktop.1950’s finest! So, they got busy and bought the paint I suggested, Revere Pewter, by Ben Moore and got it all painted out, brick and all. We’ll add a rug back in here eventually when we get colors figured out. Revere Pewter is such a gorgeous color, now I want to use it somewhere. There’s also a nice pool in the backyard right outside these windows, so that’s an extra bonus.

We’ll see how this goes as we work through, room by room! The exterior is traditional red brick and they are on a lovely street off the Marietta square. Excuse my photos, I didn’t have my tripod with me, so they aren’t the clearest, but you can get an idea of the layout of the house. She would love to open up the wall behind the sofa into the family room behind it. I’m sure that’s a load bearing wall, but it would really give more of a spacious feel if it was opened up. The family room is right behind the formal living room and the kitchen is through that door to the right. We are going to reupholster some of her furniture and I’ll help her shop for new pieces later on. I’m trying to figure out how to update the doors, maybe adding some molding. Not sure what we will do with this desk area, may keep it or do something different. Can you imagine how much lighter and brighter it will feel? She already got rid of a lot of stuff in here and we aren’t finished decorating yet. I’ll keep you posted along the way as Andrea and David update this home and make it a beautiful space to live. I'm Rhoda, from Atlanta, GA and I love decorating and DIY projects.

But if your paneled walls are starting to show their age, it may be time to update their look.

You can transform the look of paneling in several different ways.

Or live in a dark, wood-paneled den just because your home contains one.I’ve been having a blast, from partaking in Christmas parties, plays, and dinners with friends and am thoroughly enjoying this month.I’ve got a fun project I’m helping with and want to share it with y’all today! One of my friends from my church and fellow choir member, Andrea, has lived in this 1950’s brick ranch house off the Marietta square for 14 years.And I told her I would blog about it, which she is excited about.We’ve barely gotten started on things, so it might be a bit slow, but I wanted to share the Before pics with you so you can see what we are working with.

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