Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Goodbye Fake Wood-Grain...

OK, some updates from yesterday.



For clarification purposes I think I should tell you that we just painted the paneling rather than removing it. We're pretty sure the paneling was installed way back when in order to hide cracks and wallpaper. And to remove it, would probably mean the walls crumbling...remember this project? Yeah.


Ben and I managed to get the office emptied, taped, primed, painted with 2 coats, and then reassembled all in one day.(thank you to this friend for taking Jake so we could accomplish this!)


I mentioned before that we were having some issues with the color choice. I had been dreaming of the office in a lovely shade of butter-yellow. But-tah.

Ben did not share my dream. (Sad, isn't it?) He was thinking something more manly...like green, since it's his office and all...and the fact that I've gotten the choice in every other room in the house, he won. In theory...this makes sense.

So...I submitted. And spent the day convincing myself I liked the green while at the same time grieving the loss of the but-tah dream. *little tear...still grieving*

He loves it. Which really does make me happy...and I really do think it will grow on me. And it really is his office...

Before:

Paneling. And lots and lots of shelves that house lots and lots of books.




More paneling:



And now Internet friends, meet talipot palm green.



The books: This is just half of the wall of books and shelves. For those of you married to pastors...you know they come with lots of books ;)

Go Green. Literally.

....maybe I'll paint the kitchen in creamy buttery yellow....

52 comments:

  1. Wow - that is some bright green! Gives going green a whole new meaning!

    I dare say you are so excited that the paneling is painted - even though you didn't get to choose the color?

    The yellow color would be perfect in your kitchen! Happy painting Dear Friend!

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  2. ok, here is the deal, i have 3 yellows picked out for my kitchen--walls and celing, cupboards, and one color for the cupboard doors........i will help with yours if you help with mine!!! I LOVE ME SOME YELLOW!!!!!

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  3. Oooo.. i like the green.

    I need a yellow for my guest room. i painted it about a month ago and it is HIDEOUS!!
    it looks like col. mustard painted the room...

    HELP ME FIND A YELLOW!!

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  4. It must be the week for green paint tackles. My tackle involves green paint this week too.

    We had paneling in our upstairs bedroom and started painting it, but the paneling started falling off and we needed up having it turn into major remodeling by pulling it off. You are lucky to have been able to paint it.

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  5. Ok, have to be honest, not a green person...but it is a good color for a guy's office!!

    Books......I think the costliest part of our last move was all the books!!!!!

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  6. There was paneling in our last parsonage....it was pickled so it sort of looked whitewashed....which was better than the dark paneling.
    However, I really wanted to paint it white -- that didn't happen....oh well. Hapyy to report that in our new house there is only paneling in the basement....

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  7. You got a lot done in one day! Perfect color for an office, very cheery!

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  8. Oh, that is very bright. But, like you said, it's his office & he's happy. And we like our men to be happy, don't we? ;-)

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  9. very cute! i am really into green right now so i especially love the color!

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  10. I wish I had that many shelves! If you read my color post you'll know that my favorite color is purple. Definately not a man color. But I like how you added tropical like things to the green. It turned out LOVELY. Does it come with poolside room and cabana boy to serve me lavaflows?

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  11. I do understand the pastor/book thing. And trying to ask him to part with some of them...you know to help declutter...he looked at me like i had asked him to cut off an arm! i gave up right then and there.

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  12. Ooh, I LOVE that green!

    My kitchen in our old house (before we moved to seminary housing with blah unpaintable beige) was buttah yellow. It was wonderful. I plan on painting my next paintable kitchen that same color.

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  13. Oh Sarah, I was expecting the green to be just aweful after reading everything that led up to the picture you posted!! At least it's a good green..... AND a big improvement from the paneling! Half my house is ugly paneling!! When can you stop over and help paint over mine????????

    P.S.
    I love the color of your kitchen right now!!

    ~Mandie

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  14. green is one of my
    favortie colors so I love it! and man y'all sure do have lots of books!

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  15. You got a lot done in one day...that had to feel good! I can definitely relate to all the books, except I don't have a ton of shelves to keep them all in one spot, so it can be a real problem for me at times.

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  16. that green , sure is green! i'm with you butta!

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  17. I think I like the green, I'll have to think about it for a while!
    But oh I feel your pain when it comes to books! Fortunately our church bought some really nice bookshelves for Steven's office at the church.

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  18. I like it. I do I do I do. I really do.

    The first pic...with just a green wall...was like...WHOA!

    But then with everything added to the walls, and all the books put back into place, that green in the background looks FANTASTIC!!!

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  19. Love the color! You are soooo right about pastors...the baggage they come with is filled with commentaries and reference books.

    Did I read your post correctly?!? You did ALL that in ONE day?

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  20. I like the green!

    I wanted to paint our bedroom yellow. My hubby loathes yellow. Loathes it. My hubby wanted me to ride the Tower of Terror with him. I loathe those kinds of rides. He said if I rode it, I could paint the bedroom whatever color I wanted. I rode it. I started feeling guilty about painting our room a color he hates. I wimped out. The bedroom is brown. *sigh*
    :)

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  21. Nice job! I am slightly coveting all of your shelves...I am running out of places to put my books.

    That is such a huge improvement - I like it! If you paint your kitchen but-tah yellow be sure to show us the before and after.

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  22. Didn't you just paint your kitchen not to long ago? If you're not careful you'll want to repaint the mudroom too! Green must be the thing to do. Melanie just did her kitchen and dining room in green. You guys are way to ambitious for me.

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  23. Holy mac! You guys were cooking, weren't you!? Wow, in one day!? Impressive. (My hubby and I don't do many home improvement projects together...we've found they bring out the absolute worst in both of us...it's never fun, or pretty.) Bless you for sweetly submitting to your man, since yes...it is his office. ; ) I've been longing for a buttah yellow room for a long time, but I'm so paranoid, like the commenter above that it will end up looking like mustard instead. Maybe this winter, I'll get brave and try painting my laundry room. (If you find a good buttah-ry color, please share the love!)

    Thanks for sharing the photos!
    Tracy

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  24. Like the green!

    Be careful with yellow. I thought I was getting butta' yellow and ended up with big bird yellow. It could keep you up at night!

    Keep going girl! You guys are on a roll.

    Hugs!

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  25. Wow, the green is sure dark! But he likes it and that's all that counts, right? right?
    Oh and the books, oh yes, I know!

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  26. Very nice! You guys are amazing for getting so much done! :) I'm sure it helped to not have little ones underfoot. If they were around I would really be surprised - and suspect underground super powers.

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  27. You guys work really well together...so it seems! WOW!
    Great job! I think but-tah is a great choice for the kitchen I have never seen!! Go yellow!

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  28. Pastors do come with a lot of books. I do like the green. We used to have a dark paneling (almost black in one room in our home), It is now off-white. What a difference a little paint can make.
    blessings.

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  29. i second the pastors come with lots of books comment! :)

    looks fantastic!

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  30. love the comment about the pastor's books. i sure know what you mean. and they're usually about theology so i just dust them and look at how pretty they are! ;o)

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  31. Not seeing the white ceiling makes the green look alot darker. I still like it,and I love your new bamboo shades. I was thinking of you last night when we FINALLY got to bed around 11PM..."I wonder if Sarah has Ben busy "tweaking" the office...."

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  32. Our paneling was white to begin with and then changed to yellow for our nursery. Poor boys still have yellow. Need to switch it sometime.

    Good pics!

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  33. Oh yes!!! Yellow in the kitchen sounds wonderful!
    My husband (a pastor) already has a lot of books and we are new at this...he could eat sleep and dream books, I'm guessing that won't change :)

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  34. Married to the pastor.....yes
    he has a million books....yes
    I love the color! The rooms looks great!

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  35. I don't want to rub it in or anything, but he doesn't go halfway when he picks a color does he?? That sure is some green. Yeah! I love it. Makes me think of spring when everything is getting its color back and seems very vibrant. You have to be happy in a room that spunky.

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  36. I think it is great! Up beat, happy! Definitely butter yellow in the kitchen :)

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  37. The green is a definite improvement! We are getting ready to redo my husbands office. As he is also a pastor we are looking for more book shelves!!
    Hey, thanks for the "recipe", I'll have to try it; now if I can only eat a handful of it!!
    Love your blog!!

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  38. Yay for hiding the paneling! Re: Yellow, I did my living room in a butter yellow that took months to be brave enough to do, I love it. My accents are deep blue & tan. love it. My color was called "Amaryllis Yellow" #92202 at Walmart Color Place. My kitchen is like a butterscotch called "Peanit Brittle" Kilz Casual Colors at walmart. There are so many yellows that your mind begins to turn to butter the longer you look over them all! Good Luck!

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  39. How fun! I love the color.

    If you need a great shade recommendation for your kitchen, let me know. I found a super butter color for our house. Not too lemony or mustardy.

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  40. Oh, I actually like the green. It's very fresh and you know green is my favorite color.

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  41. I a SO feelin' ya on the book thing. Luke's got an office full of bookshelves at the church. They are full and we have stacks and stacks at home as well.

    I do love the green.

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  42. Sara,
    I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your kind words of support for "Surrendering the Secret". So many women need this vital healing. I am grateful for your understanding and encouraging words.
    Bless you,
    pat

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  43. I'm planning a re-do of my husband's "man room" for Christmas and you just gave me some very good ideas! Thank you!

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  44. Thanks for the photos. What a big difference. I don't think I have as many fears diving into my room of paneling. I'm with Sara, not a green person but it really does work well with the wall of books. With having a Pastor for a husband I don't know how we are going to keep up getting more and more shelving. We have over 5000 books in his library alone, with book in each room of our home. Thanks for all the good ideas. Get some rest.

    Vietta

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  45. We stayed at a B&B this summer that had the same green walls in the entry hall with a leopard rug and leopard lampshades...it actually looked hip and kinda girly...maybe he will let you work in some leopard?????

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  46. I like the green!! And you've decorated nicely!! I say yes to a But-tah yellow kitchen!! So warm and welcoming. And you can't let go of that dream, right???

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  47. To be honest, that green scares me a little. But it does look good with the books in front of it. :-)

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  48. I really like the bulletin board squares, and sorry but I love the green. It's way cute. We painted this fall the same color, but add crayon to it- it's kinda like grass.:)

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  49. My kitchen is a buttery yellow with black and cream toile curtains--and I love it! Go for it!

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