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Painting the Den

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Today I am showing the Den in our home, and talking about how I have been painting it for one year. Yup, it has taken me one entire year, and I’m actually not even done.

I know, that sounds crazy, but let me explain….

When we moved into the house, this time last year, this room was knotty pine. And I don’t know if y’all know this, but knotty pine is the devil.

One of the down sides of loving homes built in the 50s, like ours, is that you usually get stuck with lots of it. Luckily, we only had the one room that still remained pine. It was brown from floor to ceiling. And it was dark, even with the picture window, it was dark and it needed to change.

So, I started painting it this light, neutral color to brighten it up. But knotty pine does not go down easily, it is hard work.

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 I did have an advantage though, someone else had already sanded the walls down (I guess they had the same idea and never finished the job) so the worst part was already done. But, that stuff takes several coats of paint, and the arthritis in my hands was no match.

 I began painting last October and I did the two main walls. After a break, I was going to go back and finish the rest, but you know how that is. I started doing other things, and it was not something I was looking forward to doing, so I put it off…for a year.

Well, recently, I finished the back wall. Yay for me!

It’s so amazing what a little bit of paint can do. It looks and feels so much brighter with just that little bit more done, that it makes me regret not getting to it sooner.

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On this side of the room there is a fireplace and built in shelves.

Originally, the shelves were painted green, the 80s hunter green, and it was not pretty. So, they got painted too. Some last year, and finally now the rest. With the lighter color, you can actually see what’s on them.

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I didn’t have any furniture for this room when we moved in, so, I bought the very popular Ektorp sleeper sofa & chair from Ikea in grey. I love the washable covers, and it’s a nice bonus to have the sleeper.

This room really just gets used when we have weekend guests and my father-in-law especially likes the den in the winter with a good fire, so I try and keep it a smidge on the masculine side with the decor. And since this is a casual, mostly movie watching room, the “coffee table” is just two outdoor tables I use so that people (men) can put their feet up on them. And they do.

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This is an old ladder that I found out in the shed, it was super long, so the husband cut it shorter for me and I use it for blankets. It’s a great way to keep throws on hand and I love free.

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 And this is my Talula, taking a nap while I take pictures. She Loves the sun that literally floods in through the window. Below her is the current view.

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Well, I have one more wall to paint, you can see some of it in this picture. Maybe I will finally be done by next October. When I am finished, I hope to never see knotty pine again.

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24 thoughts on “Painting the Den

  1. Hi Karen, what a chore to paint knotty pine. I’m impressed that you got it done! Whew! I have been looking at our walls and how badly they need painting but somehow I just don’t get started! LOL! I know the color I want to paint but I have fibro so I am afraid of starting it and it taking me more than a year to finish just the kitchen! LOL! Well, we’ll see… perhaps your experience will be my inspiration! 😀 I followed your link over from “Chic on a Shoestring” link party. I just discovered it so I am not participating yet but I am going to be following your blog. Lovely view by the way!
    Hugs,
    Beth P
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    1. Hi Beth! Thank you so much for stopping by and for following my little blog!
      I wish you luck with painting your walls, it really is a necessary evil, isn’t it!? Maybe someday I will be able to pay a pro :)

    1. Thanks Tamara! I feel better mowing I’m not the only one putting stuff off :) it’s my pleasure to share with you, see ha next week!

    1. Thank you Christie. I have never used cow art or decor before, so it’s fun to hunt it down for this house :) thanks for stopping by the hill!

  2. Your den has turned out so comfy and cozy. That silver antler candle stand and your adorable cows look charming in the den. I could snuggle right down with Talula and enjoy the scenery!

    1. Thanks Peggy! Talula is a social butterfly and would love nothing more than a new friend to snuggle with! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

  3. The room is lovely and inviting. With the cold coming on, I wouldn’t mind being cozy by your fireplace with coffee and a great book or just the view!

    I have one tiny stretch of wall in my family room that is yet to be painted. Complicated.
    Anyway, I have read about short handled brushes and thought I might try one as I do intend to finish it before Thanksgiving. I’ve had hand surgeries and they are just not as strong as before and I thought the short handle might be helpful. I also understand that there are brushes with ergonomically designed handles that might be an option if you want to finish before next October :)
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    1. Elaine, that is such great advice! I can’t believe I never thought to Google something like that! Thank you for taking the time to be so helpful!

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