Painting wood paneling to brighten our dark family room

Family room update

We knew when we moved in that we wanted to paint the paneling in our new family room. The room seemed pretty small and dark with the wood paneling on the walls.

New family room with dark wood paneling
Our new family room with dark wood paneling

The room before painting was just dated and dark. We painted the paneling at our last house in a small family room and it made a HUGE difference. We knew we wanted to do the same here. We tested one end of the room to see what it would look like painting the paneling but leaving the trim as is.

We decided to go with that look since it was easier and took less time. I didn’t bother to sand the paneling since it was already pretty rough and didn’t really need it. I did prime, but I got the primer tinted, so it only took one coat of paint.

Family room after painting!
Family room after painting! And with furniture

One of the reasons it took so long to update with new photos is because we moved in the rest of our furniture. The house was a mess of boxes and I wasn’t willing to put up photos until the room was more presentable. I’m pleased with the results. Makes the room seem brighter, bigger, and not so seventies.

The paint is actually darker than we had intended. I chose Olympus white, but we also had lazy gray¬†for a hallway. I accidentally grabbed the lazy gray. Oops. It’s still a pretty light color, so I’m just going to leave it. Now the hallway will be Olympus white instead.

Geek child’s contribution

The end of the room not in the above pictures has a fireplace. It’s sort of messy on that end of the room right now, so no painted pictures, but Geek Child did some decorating, and I do have a picture of that.

Geeky toys to decorate a fireplace. Tres chic.
Most of the geeky tchotchkes we’ve collected, now in one place!