Painting 1936 Shiplap - advice


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Old 10-21-14, 07:05 PM
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Painting 1936 Shiplap - advice

Hi Everyone, first post here for a first time home buyer.

I just bought a house and we are looking to modernize the current design but bring back the "coolness" of the original 1936 features.

The previous owner gut renovated and utilized the original shiplap for the ceiling (high vaulted) molding and for the walls of the loft area (shiplap facing out above the living area) The issue is the colors of the house! its heavy on yellow, brown and green and he pickled the shiplap. So we want to go with a very light grey on the walls and white ceiling and white on the shiplap.

The issue we are having is the texture of the shiplap. Because it original there are knots, tiny staple holes from where the cheese cloth was staples in addition to other imperfections. We spoke to a painter and we are not sure the best option here, so I need some advice. We are not sure if we should spackel and smooth it out, or if we should just roll or spray the paint and let the imperfections show. We also spoke about using bin cover stain to help smooth out the wood. We are a bit worried about the cost of spackling, so ideally we could paint it as is, but of course we dont want it to look bad.

Can anyone please give me some help/advice on what to do with this shiplap.

Thanks!
 
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Old 10-22-14, 04:07 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

While pigmented shellac [BIN] is the ultimate stain sealing and adhesion primer, it won't do a lot to change the texture of the wood .... no more than a heavy coat or two of paint. I'd lean towards letting the defects show and call it character you could use filler to eliminate them but IMO unless you do a perfect job it might look worse

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Old 10-22-14, 05:46 AM
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Spackle would not be the right product for this if you want to smooth it out. Drywall joint compound might be ok but wood filler, as Mark mentioned, is the right product for the job.
 
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Thanks for the advice; im headed to the house this evening so im going to post up some pictures. I do fell like the imperfections give it some charm, but Im having a hard time seeing what its going to look like. Ill post up some pics this evening. Thanks again.
 
 

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