Like many other crazy women out there, I too decided that I had a project that I absolutely had to do before Christmas. I HAD to renovate the living room. Really, I just couldn't stand the thought of putting up a pretty Christmas tree in an ugly room, not one more year. So, during Thanksgiving, I decided I was going to do it.
To help you really appreciate the task at hand, let me show you a few pics of the living room when we were looking at our house, deciding whether or not to buy it. Kinda makes you wonder why we bought it - won't go there.
WARNING - Extreme ugliness ahead!!!
Originally the plan had been to work with the texture and do a paint treatment of some sort. Or something like that. Once we took down the old paneling though, we quickly realized these walls needed more help than that. Some of the plaster was coming down, or was soon to come down. So, we shifted gears and decided to go with - drumroll - PANELING. But, it is a good thing that there is much nicer paneling to choose from these days. We chose a 3" V-groove paneling. Here you can see some pics of the paneling being put up.
To explain what we did with the ceiling, we exposed the overhead beams/joists and the underneath of the original hardwood flooring overhead. We built a new beam down the center, to which we added molding and painted. Then we filled in around the edges, added molding and painted there as well. So, the ceiling is now a mix of wood and paint. I will show better pics of it once we are completely finished with the room.
Well, in case you wonder if I finished before Christmas . . . I almost did. I still have some finishing work to do, but I decided that it was good enough to stop and get a Christmas tree and resume work some time in the New Year. My kids did need a Christmas, you know!
Now doesn't that look better than if I had put it in the old, ugly room?