Decorating around pine wainscoting


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Old 01-23-16, 11:29 AM
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Decorating around pine wainscoting

The previous homeowners put knotty pine wainscoting in the finshed basement. It's not my style at all, but we can't afford / don't have the time to remove it or paint it. So I'm looking for suggestions on how to deal with it.

How can I decorate around it without buying into the log cabin look?

We're repainting the walls and I'm thinking white. We're gettting a dresser to put the tv on, so the temporary little table goes. The art can go too. Name:  20160123_131033_resized.jpg
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Old 01-23-16, 11:37 AM
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Heres are additional pictures of the basement. It mostly serves as a play and tv area for the kids.
 
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Old 01-23-16, 12:22 PM
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but we can't afford / don't have the time to remove it or paint it.

We're repainting the walls and I'm thinking white.
I'm seeing a bit of a contradiction here. If you are going to paint, why not paint the wood too? Should only cost an additional 1 gal of paint and maybe some stain blocking primer.
 
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Old 01-23-16, 01:07 PM
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I hate to see pretty wood painted BUT painting the wood white would change the look of the room. You'd need to sand it lightly and apply a solvent based primer to insure the paint will adhere to the finish previously applied to the wood.
 
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Old 01-23-16, 01:09 PM
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I hate to see pretty wood painted
I agree 100%! Embrace your inner log cabin!!
 
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Old 01-23-16, 06:05 PM
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If I paint the wood, I'll need to paint the trim. If I paint the trim, I'll need to pain the doors. If I paint the doors, I'll need to paint the window trim.

It's like If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.

The rest of the house has honey oak trim, which I hate but cannot address at this point in my life. If I paint the basement wood, where does it stop? My OCD will take over!

What colors for the walls? Would the trim be the same?
 
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Old 01-24-16, 02:25 AM
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It's not like there is a set of decorating rules

IMO it looks best when all the woodwork is the same throughout the house or at least that section of the house. You could prime and paint the wood wall the same color as the rest of the walls in that room. I would recommend using a latex enamel on the wood [any sheen] because it is more apt to stay clean that way. That way you can leave the honey oak trim as is.

Just remember once you paint the wood there is no going back ..... and many of us like the wood as is.
 
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Old 01-24-16, 02:27 AM
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You could always hang drywall over it. LOL But then you would need to add baseboard on bottom. If your painting it and thinking white, why not paint EVERYTHING white? (Except for the outlet covers... throw them away.)
 
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You can print a large wallpaper from high resolution image. Something like this for example.

 
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Old 01-24-16, 06:56 AM
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JohnX, welcome to the forums! I don't think the OP is in the market to trash the wall with such a mural. Read it all and see what they want, then offer advice. Thanks.
 
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Old 01-24-16, 07:12 AM
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If you just painted the pine, and not the Oak trim/doors, I think it would look OK. As Mark said, decorating can be pretty fast and loose.!

Perhaps paint it one shade darker then the wall paint. Or a popular trend right now is barn/pallet wood. You could try to "age" the wood using a gray wash stain/paint.
 
 

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